Economic and Ethnic Diversity in Portland Maine's Gateway Neighborhood

The Bayside neighborhood's economic, cultural and racial diversity is reflected in housing types, restaurants, scrap yards and grocery stores.

"Now it is possible on the same Bayside block to eat a $100 meal at one of the city's fine seafood restaurants or get one free at a soup kitchen that feeds 500 people daily. Residents here sleep in historic 19th-century homes, some worth $300,000 or more - still a relative bargain in a city where houses with water views can easily cost $600,000 or more - while transients can get a free bed at overnight shelters, one for men and the other for women."

Unity Village apartments exemplifies diversity in Bayside. Seven apartments are reserved for families and couples capable of paying market rents. Seven other apartments are reserved as transitional homes for people moving out of shelters. The remaining 19 units are subsidized housing for single men and women and working families. The development also won the 2005 EPA Environmental Merit Award for significant contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving.

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