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Portland Underground

Exploring the hidden landscapes below
I am crouching somewhere off Portland's peninsula, an inch of water pooled around my winter boots, a dark tunnel of concrete stretching out in front as well as far behind me.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 13, 2013
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Underground downtown: Looking beneath the streets


For years, many people have heard rumors about secret spaces beneath our feet on the Portland peninsula.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  March 13, 2013
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Done waiting for patient safety

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 8, 2013
As an employee in downtown Portland as well as a resident, I've been exposed to a climate of escalating hostility surrounding the entrance to the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England offices.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 07, 2013
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A first sampler from the new Lorem Ipsum label

Call it a placeholder
It's been a while since Portland had itself a bona fide new label, something more than just a vanity title for a band's self-released album. It makes sense, considering the fracturing nature of the music industry in general and the ease with which independent artists can record and release music nowadays.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 27, 2013
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Embracing everything but the squeal in Porkland

Going whole hog
Bacon is so 2010 — no one is surprised to find cured and candied pork belly in cocktails and chocolate bars anymore.
By LAURA MCCANDLISH  |  February 01, 2013
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Cuss’s thunderous, visceral High Gravity

Guitar takes a back seat
The majority of people who listen to Cuss will invariably remember one thing. Men are pigs.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 30, 2013

Greasing the wheels

Going Green
In the six months since we wrote about them last, the folks at Portland's Garbage to Garden curbside composting program have seen impressive growth.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 31, 2013
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Cam Jones takes a stroll through Portland

That Kin-do spirit
Portland's been a good music town long enough now that it's deserving of an ode like Yes We Kin's That We Will , a four-song EP that breathes our city's air and walks its streets.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  December 31, 2012
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Just try to escape from these Jags

Take up the Endless fight
Show me a world where the good times never end, and I'll show you, in just a few hours' time, an epic hangover and a parking ticket.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 12, 2012
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YA novel explores the refugee experience in Portland

‘A tongue gives you power’
I wish every teenager — nay, every person — in Portland could read Terry Farish's new book, The Good Braider (Marshall Cavendish/Amazon Children's Publishing).
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 07, 2012
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Accomplished musicians soar to new heights with Coalsack in Crux


Like a virulent strain of malware or an alien in a Ridley Scott film, the sole task of punk is simply to not die.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  October 24, 2012

Homelessness: Tackling a growing need


Tonight, more than 400 men, women, and children will seek shelter at the emergency shelters in Portland.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  October 03, 2012
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PaintNite comes to Portland

Acrylic + beer = art!
One of the more interesting art developments of the season has been the advent of PaintNite, a social gathering in which participants collect to drink and paint in groups at local bars.
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 26, 2012

Does Portland desire a streetcar?

Transit Alternatives  
Imagine hopping onto a streetcar downtown and being whisked in the direction of your home, whether that be on the East End or in an off-peninsula neighborhood.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 12, 2012
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15 reasons the East-West Highway will never be built (plus a political bonus!)

Analysis: Nails in the coffin
This past spring, out of the blue, Republican Governor Paul LePage and the GOP-controlled Maine Legislature funded a $300,000 study by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) of the feasibility of a corporate-owned, toll superhighway across the middle of the state.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 06, 2012

An improvement on ‘Reimagining’

Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 7, 2012
I loved your "Reimagining Portland" ideas — except one.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 05, 2012

Curbside composting

Going Green
It seems like such a no-brainer; it's almost shocking that the curbside compost pick-up idea has taken so long to catch on around here.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 29, 2012
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Reimagining Portland

New ideas for three major public spaces
Portland is rethinking some of its public spaces.
By CALVIN DUNWOODY  |  August 22, 2012
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Reconnecting Portland and Auburn by rail

All Aboard
One of these afternoons, head down to the Grand Trunk building at the bottom of India Street and take a look at the plaque on the wall.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 22, 2012
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Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

Food tripping
It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 27, 2012

Portland activist in Palestine

International Relations
Danny Muller, Portland resident and former executive director of Peace Action Maine, first traveled to Palestine in 2003 with Barbara Lubin, founder of the Middle East Children's Alliance (MECA), a California-based non-profit humanitarian aid organization.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 03, 2012
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Portland’s Fringes are full of energy

Living on the edge
Starting Tuesday, Portland will be briefly and absolutely awash in new, experimental, and edgy works of theater — more than 60(!) shows to be staged in a little under a week.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 20, 2012
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Out in Maine: Summer 2012

Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
Maine's GLBTQ Community & You
By OUT IN MAINE  |  June 12, 2012
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100 things to do in Maine this summer

You’re here, the state’s great, so get to it!
After an exhaustive search of our brains, experiences, and the insights of our friends and relations, we at the Portland Phoenix unveil a checklist of Maine summer pleasures.
By DEIRDRE FULTON, MELISSA NELSON, AND JEFF INGLIS  |  June 18, 2012
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Review: The Whole World Waiting

Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
They thought America was a glittering land of wealth and fame . . . they were wrong. Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories of coming to New England and share their perspectives in The Whole World Waiting , a compilation of documentary vignettes lushly shot by David Meiklejohn at locations in and around Portland, Maine.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 29, 2012
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Portland’s lady arm-wrestlers slug it out

Battle of the biceps
There was a moment during Saturday's raucous debut smackdown of the Superhero Lady Armwrestlers of Portland when it looked like the favorite, Voom Voom Valhalla, would certainly lose.
By SARA ANNE DONNELLY  |  May 09, 2012
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Lost in the ethereal sound of Blouse

Modern-day escapism
Music is often meant to soothe, to relax the mind, and — at times of greatest need — to provide an escape from our drab daily grind.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 01, 2012
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What’s driving the East-West Highway?

Taxpayer dollars, secrecy, and private interests
Eminent domain! The government's ability to seize land for a public purpose strikes terror into the hearts of many landowners.
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 02, 2012
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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 13, 2012
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Female poets step up to the mic

Could be verse
While down in Cambridge last August with a team of Portland poets for the semi-finals of the National Poetry Slam, Tricia Henley Pryce says, she never saw more than one woman up on stage at a time.
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 08, 2012

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