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Portland Underground

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.
Exploring the hidden landscapes below
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 15, 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 15, 2013
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Done waiting for patient safety

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.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, March 8, 2013
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  March 08, 2013
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A first sampler from the new Lorem Ipsum label

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 indep
Call it a placeholder
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  February 22, 2013
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Embracing everything but the squeal in Porkland

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

The majority of people who listen to Cuss will invariably remember one thing. Men are pigs.
Guitar takes a back seat
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2013


Greasing the wheels

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.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 18, 2013
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Cam Jones takes a stroll through Portland

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.
That Kin-do spirit
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  January 04, 2013
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Just try to escape from these Jags

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.
Take up the Endless fight
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  December 14, 2012
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YA novel explores the refugee experience in Portland

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).
‘A tongue gives you power’
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  November 09, 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 26, 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 05, 2012
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PaintNite comes to Portland

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.
Acrylic + beer = art!
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  September 28, 2012

Does Portland desire a streetcar?

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.
Transit Alternatives  
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  September 14, 2012
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15 reasons the East-West Highway will never be built (plus a political bonus!)

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 m
Analysis: Nails in the coffin
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  September 07, 2012

An improvement on ‘Reimagining’

I loved your "Reimagining Portland" ideas — except one.
Letters to the Portland Phoenix editors, September 7, 2012
By PORTLAND PHOENIX LETTERS  |  September 07, 2012


Curbside composting

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.
Going Green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 31, 2012
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Reimagining Portland

Portland is rethinking some of its public spaces.
New ideas for three major public spaces
By CALVIN DUNWOODY  |  August 24, 2012
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Reconnecting Portland and Auburn by rail

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.
All Aboard
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 24, 2012
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Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

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

Portland activist in Palestine

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 organizatio
International Relations
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  July 06, 2012


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Portland’s Fringes are full of energy

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.
Living on the edge
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  June 22, 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 15, 2012
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100 things to do in Maine this summer

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 08, 2012
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Review: The Whole World Waiting

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 document
Fifteen immigrant and refugee teenagers tell their stories
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  June 01, 2012
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Portland’s lady arm-wrestlers slug it out

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.
Battle of the biceps
By SARA ANNE DONNELLY  |  May 11, 2012


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Lost in the ethereal sound of Blouse

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.
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By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  May 04, 2012
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What’s driving the East-West Highway?

Eminent domain! The government's ability to seize land for a public purpose strikes terror into the hearts of many landowners.
Taxpayer dollars, secrecy, and private interests
By LANCE TAPLEY  |  May 04, 2012
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The Shins | Port of Morrow

Meet the new Shins. Same as the old Shins? Kinda sorta.
Aural Apothecary/Columbia (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 16, 2012
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Female poets step up to the mic

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.
Could be verse
By MEGAN GRUMBLING  |  February 10, 2012