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Maine

Planners get involved with foreclosure by assisting residents threatened with foreclosure or addressing community impacts such as blight, vacancy, and property disinvestment. A look at vacant property fees as a tool for dealing with foreclosure.
Aug 28, 2015   Maine Association of Planners
A popular seafood shack in small-town Maine is causing huge traffic problems. Officials are considering a $100 million solution.
Jul 31, 2010   The New York Times
In Lewiston, Maine, planners are reforming old zoning laws governing "boarding houses", an old-fashioned term that refers to lodging where meals are provided. By allowing "lodging houses" instead in those zones, more affordable housing can exist.
Jul 29, 2010   The Sun Journal
The Portland waterfront is zoned to exclude anything but marine uses, but with a slump in the fishing industry property owners are pushing for the freedom to build for other uses along the water.
Mar 5, 2010   Portland Press Herald
Maine mill town asks citizens to record their memories at downtown "Heart Spots" as part of the master planning process.
Oct 18, 2009   The Journal Tribune
When a Somali population moved into a dying city in Maine, the benefits of the "new injection of energy" they brought with them has been clear ever since--particularly eonomic growth.
Jan 28, 2009   Newsweek
For decades, development in Maine sprawled away from cities and across the landscape. The flailing economy may be the only thing that can change the pattern.
Dec 9, 2008   Maine Sunday Telegram
<p>Southern Maine planners, who have long subscribed to the idea that they worked in rural, car-dependent communities, are beginning to embrace density, mixed-uses, and transit.</p>
Aug 5, 2008   Portland Press Herald
<p>Heather Stewart's vision of a country wedding in a resorted country barn are thwarted by code enforcement officers at the last minute. 'We have zoning rules and building codes that always get in the way of dreams,' Reinsborough said.</p>
Jun 23, 2008   Portland Press Herald
<p>Officials in Maine are considering a plan to build a cross-state superhighway.</p>
Jun 9, 2008   The Ellsworth American
<p>A punch was thrown and hair was pulled at a recent meeting of the Guilford, Maine, Historical Society after tension arose over the removal and display of historic photos from the town museum.</p>
May 30, 2008   Bangor Daily News