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CBHS Freshman To Present Their Vision for Portland’s Future

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CBHS Freshman To Present Their Vision for Portland’s Future
Posted on 12/14/2016
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What kind of city should Portland strive to be in the future? Freshman at Casco Bay High School have been researching that question for the past few months and now are ready to share their plan for the city’s success in coming years.

On Thursday, Dec. 15, from 1 p.m to 2 p.m. in the State of Maine Room at City Hall, the freshmen will be presenting their “Class of 2020 Vision Statement” and urban development models to members of city government and various other organizations from around Portland.

Throughout this fall, CBHS ninth-graders have been studying how intentional communities can be successfully built.

This “Build Community” expedition kicked off with ninth-grade students going into the city of Portland and surveying community members about what they would like to see happen in Portland’s future. Then, by taking those results and studying other communities from around the world, each student drafted an individual vision statement.

As a class they took each of those visions and compiled them, creating their class vision statement.

Thursday’s event marks the culmination of the project, when several groups of students, each with a specific category, will be presenting their vision for Portland in the next ten years. The categories include:

Environment

Social

Physical City Planning/Architecture

Education, Housing, and Services

Government and Leadership

Economics and Commercial Business

Arts and Culture

In addition, students will present a model for urban development in Portland and original artwork inspired by their visions for Portland’s future.

The city and community organization officials expected to attend the presentation include:
Pious Ali, Portland City Council
Ben Bulkeley, Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce
Andrew Clark, University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service
Jim Cradock, Creative Portland
Tim Honey, Creative Portland
Tuck O’Brien, Portland Planning & Urban Development Department

PHOTO CAPTION: CBHS students pose with a student-created model of urban development for the Deering Junction (Morrill's Corner) neighborhood.