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Belfast Senior College

Planning Belfast

with Michael Hurley


Since its inception as a town and a city Belfast has been planned out. What are the “Rangeways”? How did Northport Avenue escape end to end commerce? How did the Route One By-Pass come to be? How have our zoning and building codes formed our city? Why are so many Belfast government services downtown? How was the Harbor Walk, the Armistice Bridge, and the Rail Trail made possible? Our first sewage treatment was when!? Why don't we have a big box store? What will Belfast look like in 10 or 20 years? Who was the "great architect" of Belfast over the last 20 years? The course will discuss past and current planning practices with featured speakers and begin a discussion on envisioning the future of Belfast and how planning will influence everything.

Michael Hurley runs mostly invisible national and international businesses in manufacturing, tool making, entertainment, vintage retail, importing, and all but the Colonial Theatre happens through the miracle and magic of phones, fax, email, and web.  Currently a Belfast City Council member, Michael is an avid reader and early dropout college student who thought, “I’ll never need business math!”

  • Jan 20 - Feb 17th, 2022
    Thu for 5 weeks from 10:00 - 11:30 am


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