Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Commercial Street 4th Greatest?

The American Planning Association likes Commercial St.
Commercial Street in Portland, Maine, blurs the distinctions among working waterfront, downtown main street, and historic tourist district. It is a place where moored fishing boats, lobster pots and fishing gear, and crying seagulls mix with downtown office employees going to work, residents living in dockside condominiums, and tourists visiting restaurants and boutique shops. It's a dynamic yet precariously balanced amalgam crafted through years of debate and compromise.
Despite the controversy and public discussions about more recent changes, Commercial Street remains just as important to the city and its waterfront today as it was when first built more than 150 years ago.

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