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Portland’s Bayside Redevelopment

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There was  great article brought to my attention the other day in the New York Times talking about this transitioning neighborhood, what has happened, what is happening, its history and what it all means.  It can be read here..

Portland’s Bayside region is the back side of the East End that overlooks the Back Bay. A mixed use neighborhood with industrial warehouses alongside single family homes/a soup kitchen next to luxury condo’s.  What used to be a hustling and bustling working class neighborhood with a population approaching 5000 that saw a decline to its current population fo 1200 due largely to urban renewal that traded housing for parking lots.

As of late and sparked by the City of Portland’s Bayside Redevlopment to make this area the “Urban Gateway” launched in 1999, new investment is being infused into the area.  Whole Foods opened last month, the 6 year old Unity Village aparment complex has largely been a success and construction continues to move forward on a new 60 unit apartment complex as well as a luxury condo development on Chestnut street.  By no means complete, the gradual transition is infusing life and excitement into a community with great history and character.

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