Category Archives: Portland

Forward Portland’s backward facts

Forward Portland, the political action committee formed to oppose the citizen-initiated effort to save and improve Congress Square Park, is revving up its propaganda machine ahead of the June 10 vote. On its website,, the PAC has a section titled “The Facts” that’s worth exploring and debunking. First off, the PAC claims that if […]

The real gangs of Portland, Maine

Contrary to some wildly erroneous and irresponsible reports in the press recently, Portland has a serious and growing gang problem. The Crips and Bloods are harmless compared with the menacing groups roaming the streets of Maine’s largest metropolis, perpetrating crimes in broad daylight with no respect for the law or common decency. Here’s a rundown of […]

The year the music died

Two thousand fourteen is turning into a brutal year for Portland’s dining, arts and nightlife scenes. Several of the city’s most creative and beloved establishments have closed or are preparing to shut down or move away, while others have cut back on live entertainment or consolidated, ceding control to a monopolistic corporation based out of […]

Big cuts, less dough at Portland’s Downtown District

When Jan Beitzer resigned last summer after eight years as executive director of the nonprofit Portland’s Downtown District, insiders whispered about a “coup” at the nonprofit organization, which was established in the early 1990s to promote downtown businesses and cultural events. Both Beitzer, who was never shy about expressing her opinions, and the organization’s board […]