Reinvention without Loss of Identity – Why We Renovate

By David Webster. There are many reasons for renovating older buildings.  For me, seeing buildings as a major contributor to the character of a place is a reason to renovate rather than replace.  They represent the history of a community; why and how a community evolved, what the economic drivers were, what the people in…

New Auburn’s Village Center Renaissance

By Ethan Boxer-Macomber As advocates of Smart Growth, we are all encouraged and delighted by the current national trend toward redirection of resources to traditional city and town centers abandoned and neglected over 60 years of urban flight and suburban proliferation.  This reinvestment trend is readily apparent in Maine cities such as Bangor, Lewiston, Portland…

The Kennebec River – A Success Story of Recovery and Restored Relationships

By Pete Didisheim, guest author Over the past 200 years, the Kennebec River has gone through a remarkable cycle of depletion and recovery.   Sitting on the banks of the river today, watching osprey in flight and sturgeon breaching, it is difficult to picture how polluted and damaged this river had become.  And not that long…

‘More action; less talk’ – GrowSmart Maine is Listening

“I don’t ask you your age, don’t ask mine.” Earlier this year GrowSmart Maine asked members, colleagues and total strangers to take a survey. We wanted to know which issues matter to them, how they thought we should address them and, oh yeah, how they thought we were doing. As our staff and board members…

Is Walking Controversial?

Join us in an exploration of the transportation ecosystem at our upcoming Walkability Forum in Bangor, Sept 19th. Register now! By Carol Morris. Working with all different kinds of people is a big part of my job as a public outreach consultant. As a matter of fact, if I don’t connect with a diverse bunch…

Walkability: A Win-Win proposition

Registration now open for the half-day forum September 19th in Bangor Full Program & Registration Information Here: The Case For Walkability: Health, Economic Development, and Sustainability By Karen Marysdaughter In 2015 my partner and I moved into Bangor after 23 years in rural Waldo County. We had a number of reasons for the change, but a primary…

When You Build it, They Will Come

Registration now open for the September Forum: The Case for Walkability: Health, Economic Development and Sustainability Sept 19th, Bangor Maine By Lynne Seeley I heard a saying once – birds love to fly, fish love to swim, and dogs love to walk.  I can attest to the “dogs love to walk” part of that saying. …

See what all the fuss is about – A visit to the Katahdin Region & the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument

By Executive Director Nancy Smith ||  I’ve been paying attention to the very public debate about the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument with the same curiosity as most Mainers, and this past weekend, I traveled a few hours north to explore the Katahdin Region.  The drive up I-95 is an easy one and pleasant…

Legendary Stevens Avenue

By Susan Ransom Last night I walked over to our community garden plot with my husband and our dog, greeting neighbors (and their dogs) along the way. Within five blocks I can walk to the library, the Quality Shop, Pat’s Meat Market, Baxter Woods, Siano’s restaurant, Roy’s Shoe Repair, the Sewing Shop, Jet Video, and…

Letter to the Land Use Planning Commission from GrowSmart Maine

To the Members of the Maine Land Use Planning Commission                           August 10, 2017 As noted in my testimony yesterday, I am providing a written summary of my remarks. I was encouraged to hear the Chair of the Commission state that it is not the goal of the Commission to eliminate the adjacency rule, but to…