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Congress Square "is a reflection of the energy, love, and spirit of the people of Portland." vimeo.com/146450607

Placemaking in Congress Square Park

Friends of Congress Square Park leads placemaking efforts to create a vibrant community gathering place in downtown Portland, Maine

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Posted Apr 27, 2016
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Tom K.

It's amazing to watch the progress at Congress Square. You've come a long way, baby! :)

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Portland Magazine (Maine) on Instagram: “We'll be at the beautiful Congress Square Park tonight along with some live music with our Food for Thought table, Helen Coxe will be…”

“We'll be at the beautiful Congress Square Park tonight along with some live music with our Food for Thought table, Helen Coxe will be reading her story…”

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Posted Aug 7, 2015
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Vanessa

Congress Square is the perfect place for food trucks! It would be much more affordable to keep the park in the condition it's in, instead of changing it into a "green" park, and allow food vendors, along with lots of sturdy outdoor tables and chairs, to occupy the space. With the new laws allowing food trucks around Portland (yay!) this would be the perfect combination of place and purpose.

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Posted Oct 2, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Oct 2, 2013

Absolutely Vanessa! Have you thought about putting together a food truck round-up in the space? I could imagine that would be fantastic.

Posted by Tom K. on Oct 2, 2013
Vanessa
Vanessa
Oct 2, 2013

Turns out the new laws on food trucks are really restrictive. Just found an article the press herald ran about how food trucks are not allowed to 'cluster', meaning they can't be closer than 65 feet from each other on the peninsula, and 200 feet off the peninsula. To prevent competition apparently? Seems like an arbitrary restriction, that the vendors themselves should decide, not the city.

Posted by Vanessa on Oct 2, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Oct 4, 2013

Hey Vanessa, neighbors in Nola actually came together to make restrictions more favorable. Check out how it happened here: handbook.neighborland.com/how-...

Let me know if I can help!

Posted by Tom K. on Oct 4, 2013
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Harlan Baker

The city made a big mistake n selling 2/3 of the Congress Square plaza

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Posted Sep 18, 2013
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