The Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram look back at a wonderful historic street of mixed-income housing. In the 1960s, Franklin Street was destroyed to make way for an arterial that, it was hoped, would bring traffic to revitalize downtown.
Here is the painfully sad but well-told story of the automobile’s assault on the social infrastructure of a neighborhood of Portland, Maine. Especially heart wrenching is the then-and-now slide show. More hopeful is the newspaper’s ongoing coverage of the efforts of planners and citizens to remediate some of the damage.