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The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology, 2019, 1(1); doi: 10.25236/FSST.070101.

Historic District Conservation Study: India Street Neighborhood Plan for a Future Portland, Maine, U.S.A


Qing Dong1 , Xiaohan He2

Corresponding Author:
Qing Dong

1. Qingdao University of Science and Technology, Qingdao 266061, China
2. University of Southern California, Los Angeles 90037, California, US


India Street is a fascinating 19-block neighborhood right next to the Old Port district, which is the economy and cultural center of Portland, Maine. Though not as busy as the Old Port district, India Street neighborhood is still a lively self-contained district which attracts a growly number of people moving into and becomes more and more popular nowadays. With lots of eyes looking at, the development of India Street generally becomes a hot topic among the public, the residents, the government and the developer, as well as historic preservation advocators. Where would this vibrant neighborhood, which has been facing transactions constantly since the first built, go to and would it be a decent direction? In the following paragraphs, these questions will be discussed through different aspects. An 'absolutely right' answer may not be reached but hope that the whole process will be inspiring for any other historic district preservation cases.


Historic District, Conservation,India Street Neighborhood

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Qing Dong, Xiaohan He, Historic District Conservation Study: India Street Neighborhood Plan for a Future Portland, Maine, U.S.A. The Frontiers of Society, Science and Technology (2019) Vol. 1: 1-10. https://doi.org/10.25236/FSST.070101.


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