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CBHS Ninth-Graders To Present Proposals for a Better Portland

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CBHS Ninth-Graders To Present Proposals for a Better Portland
Posted on 12/07/2017
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On Thursday, Dec. 14, Casco Bay High School (CBHS) freshmen will be presenting urban planning proposals and urban development models to members of city government and various other organizations from around Portland. The presentation by the class of 2021 will take place at noon in the State of Maine Room at City Hall.

For the past few months, CBHS ninth-graders have been studying how intentional, successful, and thriving communities can be successfully built. This 2017 Build Community learning expedition kicked off with ninth-graders visiting City Hall to unpack Portland’s most recent Comprehensive Plan. Students heard from experts who work in the city’s Urban Planning Department and investigated Portland’s Vision Statement.

Next, students went into the field to explore different Portland neighborhoods. Students visited the West End, Munjoy Hill, East Bayside, Parkside, Oakdale, and Deering Center to find out what Portlanders love about where they live and the changes they would like to see made. Students interviewed members of the public as well as conducted their own surveys of the area. All in all, students collected a great deal of data about Portland’s assets and needs.

Following this, students worked to write individual urban planning proposals to the city. As a class, students then collaborated to identify their top ideas to present to a panel of stakeholders at City Hall. The presentation will be the culmination of their 2017 Build Community learning expedition.

The panel is expected to include: Mayor Ethan Strimling; City Councilor Belinda Ray; Tuck O’Brien, from the city’s Urban Planning Department; Firooza Pavri, Director of the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service; Joe McDonnell, professor of policy, planning, and management at the Muskie School; Dinah Minot, from Creative Portland; Andrew Clark, from the Muskie School; Ethan Hipple, deputy director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Facilities Department; a representative from the East Bayside Neighborhood Association; Emma Holder, from the Parkside Neighborhood Association; Jay Norris, from the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Association; and Liz Parsons, from the West End Neighborhood Association.

Several groups of students, each with a specific focus on one of the policy guides from the Comprehensive Plan, will be presenting their proposals for Portland. The categories will include:





Recreation and Open Space

Facilities and Services


As part of this presentation, students will present a model for urban development in Portland.

Following the formal presentation, students will be available to share and discuss their individual proposals during the Build Community 2017 Forum, which will be held on the second floor of City Hall from 1:30-2:30 p.m. During this time, students also will display original artwork inspired by the proposals for Portland’s future.

The public is invited to come and help the Casco Bay Class of 2021 make a positive difference in the Portland community!