IAP: Planning in a Small City / Visiting Portland, Maine

Thursday, January 19, 2023 at 7:00am to 8:00pm

Portland is well known as a place to get good food and beer, or maybe as a good home base for an outdoors-related trip to Maine. But did you know that this city of 70,000 has been a leader in urban planning for 30 years? Portland’s long-range planning for livability and economic opportunity have helped keep a year-round economy moving while remaining a popular tourist attraction.  Housing costs remain a major challenge, but city officials and residents have offered a range of responses to continue to produce affordable housing in an expensive market.

Come for a day-long visit to learn about planning issues and efforts in the Forest City with the former Planning & Urban Development Director for Portland. You will travel by transit to experience how an innovative transit system works in a small city, and meet with city planning officials and staff from other organizations working on economic, housing, and transportation issues. We’ll cap off a day of walking and talking with a visit to a tasting room to cap off the full Portland experience.

Be prepared for a long day, starting around 7 am. and returning to the Boston area around 8 pm. You should plan to dress for a Maine winter, including proper footwear, warm socks, and layers, as we will be walking outdoors for parts of the day.

Enrollment is limited to 10. Please send a short email of interest to Jeff Levine at jrlevine@mit.edu before 12/20/22.  Preference given to DUSP students.

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