The LL Bean outlet store on Congress Street will be leaving later in September. As seen in the news a while back, they decided not to renew their lease and will focus their efforts more on the outlet in Freeport. There has been a bit of discussion about what may move into this prime spot but I haven't heard about any final decisions. I like the proposal of splitting the space up for a few different uses. what would you like to see most?
These are a few shots of the Gorham's Corner area, which is between the Old Port and the West End. It was once home to primarily Irish immigrants and is a pleasant part of town with some quality housing and small businesses and restaurants.
Here's a little map of the area with numbers corresponding to where the photos above were taken.
One of Portland's finest looking streets is Park Street (not to be confused at all with Park Ave). The Park Street townhouses, circa 1835, and the surrounding buildings from equally historical times create a unique urban space with an inviting atmosphere. Unit #3 at 112 Park Street is for rent, check out some interior pictures of it here. You may also recall this photo of the townhouses I took last spring.
There are some new signs on the streetlights along Congress Street that were put up a few weeks ago. On one side they say Portland and have an artistic design, and the other side has a corresponding artistic design along with the name of the section of Congress Street you are in (Arts District in the case below). It's an interesting look/concept and I am interested in knowing who designed these and if the branding will be continued over to other places such as the Downtown District or even the city website (which both need a facelift).
Update - Thanks to this post's commentators for sharing that the designs are by Amy at Pinecone + Chickadee. Maybe I can get around to photographing a few more of these designs around town.
The renovations of One Monument Square are coming along nicely. As mentioned previously, the new facade is all up. Work continues on the ground level with a new entrance facing the square, landscaping,and the addition of a new restaurant/retail space on the lower right side of the picture. As you may have seen in the news, the firm Pierce Atwood will be moving from One Monument Square to the building in the picture below in the future.
The future home of Pierce Atwood will be in the building in the middle here, at 258 Commercial Street. It is currently a warehouse and will be renovated to include ground-floor marine related business space and offices in the upper floors. For more info, here is a MaineBiz story about it.
Bayside Bowl is now open at 58 Alder Street, in Bayside. It features 12 lanes of ten pins, a corner for concerts, and a kitchen for your dining needs. The first concert is on Saturday (for more info visit HillyTown.com) The Press Herald ran a story about the place a few weeks ago, check that out as well. Here's google map with Bayside Bowl's coordinates:
Go ahead and click on the image if you'd like a larger view. This is from a few days ago, taken in South Portland looking back to regular Portland. "Downtown" is on the right and Munjoy Hill is in the center.
On the left side of this photo looking West on Congress Street, you can see that Urban General Store is now open, formerly Urban Hardware. I haven't been inside yet, but their sign promises beer, wine, grocery, sandwiches, hardware, and coffee (oh my!).
I promise I won't be posting just photos of buildings taken from the same angle every day. That being said, here's a beauty of a building on Spring Street in the West End. It may or may not be part of the Waynefleet School which is right next to it.
And here's the corner of May St and Danforth St, also in the West End. I felt that this photo had good exposure and such (or better than usual at the least):
I didn't mention it yesterday, but I was aware that it was Memorial Day, especially since I was at the Portland Memorial Day Parade again. It's the most patriotic day in town, I would say. Here is the start of the parade, winding down Congress Street:
After the parade there is a gathering in Monument Square with guest speakers and such:
Two time Olympic gold-medalist Seth Wescott (and one-time guest on the Colbert Report):
I thought this was interesting with the guy on the cell-phone walking in-step with the officers:
That's enough for today, I might post some more tomorrow.