September 27, 2007

Pedestrian-friendly ‘Portwalk’ planned for Portsmouth

" 'Portwalk,' a pedestrian-friendly, integrated mixed-use development will soon replace the Parade Mall in the city's North End," the Foster's Daily Democrat reports.

"Cathartes Private Investments, the Boston-based real estate investment and development company revitalizing the Hanover Street property, recently announced the name and unveiled its visual brand image to be used on all signage and marketing materials. Portwalk will feature boutique shops, cafes and restaurants, residences, office space, and an extended-stay hotel. . . .

"Jeff Johnston, principal of Cathartes Private Investments, said the heart of the project will be the main Broadwalk, which will have wide brick sidewalks with trees, flowers, outdoor cafe seating and storefront access to each shop and restaurant."

Yet another case where planners are realizing that appealing streetscapes and walker-friendly developments are key to revitalizing urban neighborhoods.

Aside: I hope to post a report on today's Walkable Communities Workshop sometime tonight.

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