Houses in Portland's East End. A report has concluded that almost half of the city's residents are paying too much in rent.

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City acts to ease Portland housing shortage

Like many cities in New England and across the country, Portland is facing a housing crisis. There’s not enough housing to meet the demand and the cost of housing often far exceeds what many people can afford to pay. And just like their peers, Portland’s leaders are making easing the… SEE MORE
Some of the early members of Maine Coast Artists

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Maine rocks the arts, the arts rock Maine

In 2012, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis, arts and culture production accounted for $698 billion, or 4.32 percent of the nation’s economy. Surprise: that’s more than construction, transportation or tourism. In Maine, by 2014, there were 3,262 arts-related businesses sustaining 10,667 jobs. In other words, the arts account for… SEE MORE
Linda Godfrey

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Downeast leaders draw on region’s lessons

By Katherine Cassidy Washington County Leadership Institute, begun in 1997 as one of Maine’s first professional leadership programs, has just completed its 20th year. More than 300 employees, supported by their employers, plus additional artisans and assorted self-employed folks, have taken part in the nine-session course offered every spring, dodging snow days and… SEE MORE