August 25, 2016, 6am PDT
The announcement that 87,500 acres of land in Maine's North Woods would become a national monument came the day before the centennial of the National Park Service. The designation is also sure to be controversial.
October 22, 2015, 7am PDT
The latest city to implement mandatory inclusionary zoning: Portland, Maine. The City Council decision contradicted the Planning Board's recommendation.
January 25, 2015, 5am PST
Maine trails only three states in total acreage of land protected by conservation. A new plan to end the property tax exemptions for nonprofits, however, could make that work much more difficult.
June 15, 2014, 11am PDT
A Democrat and a Republican who serve on Maine's Joint Standing Committee on Transportation make a strong case for "finding the money" to keep roads, bridges, rail lines, and ports in good repair. They skirt around the issue of raising taxes though.
November 1, 2013, 6am PDT
At $100 million, it is the largest of the five bonds on the Nov. 5 ballot. While six other transportation bonds were voted on (and approved) since 2000, the need for this bond comes from a 2011 law that eliminated the indexing of the state gas tax.
March 5, 2010, 11am PST
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.
August 5, 2008, 7am PDT
<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>
June 23, 2008, 7am PDT
<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>
May 28, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>The City of Saco, Maine is turning land the federal government once labeled a toxic Superfund site into a hub for hiking, fishing, and recreation.</p>
April 28, 2008, 1am PDT
<p>The City Manager of Portland, Maine terminates 98 positions, including the Urban Designer and Historic Preservation staff, eliminates the Parks Department, and moves the Economic Development department in to the Administrative office.</p>
December 31, 2006, 5am PST
<p>The New England region's population growth rate continues to drop below that of the nation as a whole, measuring at a rate of just 0.2 percent between July 2005 and July 2006. This compares with a national growth rate of about 1 percent.</p>
November 29, 2006, 10am PST
<p>Despite the sudden sale and closure of Portland's once vibrant public market, one pizza parlor owner continues to incur large losses but refuses to shut down.</p>
October 27, 2006, 7am PDT
<p>The City of Portland, Maine, continues to struggle with the decision of whether or not to renovate or rebuild the 28 year old Cumberland County Civic Center.</p>
October 10, 2006, 7am PDT
<p>Despite a cooling real estate market, developers and city officals are moving forward on plans to develop a new neighborhood along Portland's eastern waterfront.</p>
August 15, 2006, 12pm PDT
The nation's largest landowner, Plum Creek Timber Co., is entering a legal battle with environmental groups over its proposal to create the largest development in Maine's history.
June 26, 2006, 10am PDT
The City of Portland, Maine, might join other cities around the country by lowering its parking requirements in exchange for a fee from developers.
April 18, 2006, 5am PDT
Former NBA star Christian Laettner's development company, Blue Devil Ventures, is working with state and local officials to revitalize the Kennebec Arsenal, a historic parcel of land across the Kennebec River from Augusta's downtown.
November 25, 2005, 11am PST
The fifth and final article in a weeklong series on the City of Portland, chronicles the widespread changes sweeping through this small, but dynamic city on the Maine coast.
November 21, 2005, 5am PST
The first article in a week-long series examines how Portland, Maine's growing reputation as one of the most livable cities in the United States is quickly altering the social demographics of a once working and middle class city.
October 24, 2005, 12pm PDT
The first segment of an 18-mile multi-use trail opens in Benton, Maine.