Forest Avenue


Forest Avenue, Portland

The Issue

Forest Avenue was and continues to be a critical transportation corridor connecting the peninsula to Deering’s historic neighborhoods and to suburban communities beyond Portland. Transportation nodes along Forest Avenue are significant economic and community centers for the historic neighborhoods on either side of the corridor. Mid to late 20th century land use within the corridor and its use as a primary travel route have led to a physical appearance which is out of character with its historical importance. In 2012 the City of Portland initiated a study, “Transforming Forest Avenue” to guide private and publically funded improvements. As funding allows, small projects that implement portions of the overall plan, will transform Forest Avenue into a corridor that balances the needs of businesses, residents, cyclists, pedestrian, transit riders and commuters.

Our Position

Landmarks is working in collaboration with local community organizations to improve public awareness of Forest Avenue's history and significance in the development of Portland. As part of the City's long term development plans to enhance the urban fabric along the Forest Avenue corridor and improve its economic vitality, the City of Portland has created design guidelines that encourage new development that reflects the historic development patterns along the corridor. As part of the that planning, Landmarks continues to advocate for the following: 

  • Identification and designation of potential landmarks properties. The Maine Historic Preservation Commission has identified several individually eligible buildings at Woodfords Corner and near I-295 that reflect the economic and community importance of the area. Identification and designation of landmarks properties that are significant to the history and character of the avenue should be accomplished in advance of development pressures.
  • Context sensitive solutions that consider effects on resources which contribute to the avenue’s historic character are important to achieving a multimodal transportation network that effectively serves the City of Portland and the surrounding communities.


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What You Can Do

  • Attend the August 16th or 17th public presentation on the proposed art installation at Woodfords Corner. 
  • Sign up for our mailing list to stay informed about advocacy efforts, including meetings at city hall regarding Forest Avenue.
  • Support the advocacy efforts of Greater Portland Landmarks.