Congress St. could have clean electric trollies moving frequently from one end of the mall to the other and the cross streets could carry vehicle traffic across town to the major North/South Arteries.
Frequent bus service could carry passengers to and from town over the Casco Bay Bridge and from outer Congress, Brighton, Forest and Washington Ave.
I see Congress Square as the centerpiece of a pedestrian mall on Congress St. from Longfellow to Monument squares. The Square should be used for all types of events as well as an urban space for sitting, meeting, and other activities.
I see High and State Streets returned to two way traffic, and not be a major arteries through the center of town. The bulk of traffic on Congress street should be routed to Marginal way, somerset St. Cumberland Ave, Free, Commercial and Spring Sts. and the traffic on High and State streets from the bridge to 295 could be routed to Commercial St. and Veterans Bridge, St John St., or the Fore River Parkway to the south and Franklin Street and Washington Ave. to the North.
Over the objection of more than a dozen residents, the City Council's Housing and Community Development Committee voted 3-1 Wednesday to sell most of a downtown plaza to a developer that wants to build an event center.
The council will vote on the purchase-and-sale agreement Sept. 9, said Councilor Nicholas Mavodones, who chairs the committee.
Under the agreement, Rockbridge Capital would pay about $524,000 for 9,500 square feet of the nearly half-acre plaza at the corner of High and Congress streets.
The City Council will vote on the $524,000 agreement for Congress Square Plaza on Sept. 9.
The meeting last night was very discouraging for me- there is so much public opinion against the sale- we should be the stewards of Public land. I am also bothered by the attitudes of the 3 councilors who voted in favor."development is better" Kevin Donohue was very well spoken in his support of saving our park, representing his constituency. wendy stanley