Sunrise from Portwalk

The North End of Portsmouth was once filled with residential homes.  That once upon a time was a long time ago – and in the place of the once bustling neighborhood – a new development has taken shape.  Portwalk Place is well underway, with its first two phases complete.  This sunrise was taken from the rooftop of the Residences at Portwalk building, looking back towards Market Square.  The cloud formation rolling in past the North Church was amazing and a nice treat on an early morning.

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The Hill at Sunrise

The Hill is a little gem of a neighborhood tucked away in the northern tier of Portsmouth.  It’s old structures stand out among its newer brick skinned peers surrounding it, ensuring that some old Portsmouth charm remains as this area continues to evolve and take on a new feeling.  The Blue Mermaid stands out in its blue clapboard clad building…I’ve always loved the color of the restaurant.

 

Sunrise Over The City

One of the things that you see less often here at The Daily Portsmouth is the city from above.  Sunrises also show up less often, mostly because I cherish my sleep, but also because it’s rare to fit into my schedule. Today, I’d like you to enjoy both a view from high above Hanover Street with some gorgeous clouds near the horizon at sunrise.  From atop The Residences at Portwalk, the Memorial Bridge looks like it’s been set on fire in the distance, and the High-Hanover parking garage looks as desolate as it was.

 

Portwalk Rising | Portsmouth, NH

Portwalk Place continues to rise out of the historic ground in the north end of Portsmouth, sandwiched in between Hanover Street and Deer Street.  Here you can see the plywood framing of the soon-to-be Residence Inn in Phase I of the redevelopment of the old Parade Mall.

For older progress pictures, see the vacant lot HERE and the steel frame HERE.

Portwalk Rising | Portsmouth, NH

Portwalk Place continues to rise out of the historic ground in the north end of Portsmouth, sandwiched in between Hanover Street and Deer Street.  Here you can see the plywood framing of the soon-to-be Residence Inn in Phase I of the redevelopment of the old Parade Mall.

For older progress pictures, see the vacant lot HERE and the steel frame HERE.

Portwalk Construction

During a rainy lunch break I decided to see if I could find a better view of the ongoing redevelopment of the former Parade Mall to see what would become known as Portwalk Place.  Luckily, the exterior gate was open to allow sitework equipment access to the property.  Not visible is an inviting mud pool in the foreground.  Will capture progress over the coming months.

UPDATE: As construction progresses at the Portwalk site, the archaeological richness of the area is being discussed, and the risk of losing its historical value if not properly documented throughout the process of demolition/reconstruction.  Interesting article at SeacoastNH.com here and another at Foster’s Daily Democrate here.

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Portwalk | The (former) Parade Mall

The old Parade Mall building, a scar on Portsmouth’s landscape from the urban renewal efforts back in the 60s or 70s…is no longer.  This shot captures the building in its nearly completely demolished state on June 20, 2009.  As of June 30th, the building is completely gone…and will become the new Portwalk redevelopment, which is slated to beautify the northern tier of the city and better tie in the area near the Sheraton to the Vaughan Mall (and further to Congress Street).  I loved the blues on the cars and the bike and the hint of it in the sky.

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Article in Foster’s here: PORTWALK