LOCATION: PORTLAND, ME
CLIENT: LIBBYTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
SITE METRICS: +/- 30 ACRE SITE
Libbytown is an eclectic neighborhood in Portland, Maine lying at the city’s southern threshold. Abutting the Fore River to the south and bounded loosely to the east by the western promenade and St. John Valley. The neighborhood, once a bustling commercial hub with a tight-knit community of long-time residents and businesses connected by walkable, tree-lined streets, and historic monuments was bifurcated in the late 60’s by a growing highway system. Today, residents and businesses are renewing interest and passion for reconnecting Libbytown and restoring its once vibrant charm and important role in addressing local and regional transportation, economic, and environmental demands while reconstituting its historic character as a traditional, walkable neighborhood center. Obsolete highway-oriented infrastructure presents a challenging environment for pedestrians and cyclists in addition to being one of the highest vehicular crash rated intersections in Portland. Two-way traffic restoration and elimination of needless one-way streets opens up opportunity for reclaiming right-of-way for pedestrians and cyclists. Elimination of redundant highway ramps frees up land for redevelopment. The result is a vibrant, economically productive streetscape spurring economic development and instilling a sense of neighborhood cohesion.