Monday, March 30, 2009
Old Image from: www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=11163
The store that is in this spot now is The Happy Yogi www.thehappyyogi.com/
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
A blurry shot looking towards the old port. I'll have to get back up here with a tripod someday
And here is a photo from the fall showing the Ocean Gateway facility from a nearby parking garage.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Anyhow, what does this mean to you? Not much (if anything?)!
The site is still at http://portlandmainedaily.blogspot.com, and the domain I registered is just forwarding to the current site. If you have the site bookmarked or are subscribed to the RSS feed, there is no need for action. I hope it will make it slightly easier to find the site and will add a hint of credibility despite being hosted for free on blogger. It also leaves the option of someday adding a hosting plan and possibly migrating to the slightly greener grass of wordpress. In the meantime, tell your friends/family/random strangers that they should check out 'portland maine daily photo dot com!'
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
The tower in the left says 'CMP' and sits atop one of their buildings/maintenance lots on Canco Road.
USM can be seen peeking out of the forest in this view. You can see my apartment from here.
And this angle shows some more USM, the West End and Parkside neighborhoods, and some of Maine Medical Center on the far right.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Painting Congress Square, in Congress Square. Note how the colors of the painting kind of match the colors of the little pedestrian in the background. This guy might be out there again this weekend so I'll be sure to get another shot of his progress.
Edit: The painter here is city councilor David Marshall. Thanks Elliott for pointing me to his art website.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Feel free to click any of these to get a larger view, it's worth it on the skyline shots.
Feel free to share a link to this post with your friends!
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Also of note is that most of my search engine visitors use Google. I was not aware that people still used AOL but I'm glad one person used it to find my blog.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
There are lots of areas of the city that I have yet to take photographs of so I would be interested to hear any suggestions that you may have.
Leave your request by commenting on this post and I will likely use all of your recommendations!
The Abyssinian Meeting House is an historic house built by free African-Americans in Portland, Maine at 73–75 Newbury St. Established in 1828, the Meeting House was the cultural center for African-Americans in southern Maine from its inception until foreclosure in 1917. The house was redeveloped into tenement apartments in 1924 before being seized by the City of Portland in 1991. After sitting vacant for 6 years, the Meeting House was bought for historic preservation by the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian. When established, it was just the third African American Meeting House in the United States after Boston and Nantucket, Massachusetts. It is one the few houses remaining following the1866 Great Fire of Portland, Maine.
Check out the Abyssinian restoration project's website here for some great pictures of the progress.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
From this blog at the Press Herald website:
During the First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 6, almost 3,500 attended the
exhibition. "We just don't get density like that in our public buildings in
Maine. It's like being in Heathrow Airport in London or Grand Central terminal
in New York. It's very unusual, and a different kind of feel," Denenberg said.
According to wikipedia, Grand Central has over 500,000 visitors a day which is almost half the population of Maine. So maybe it's not quite as crowded, but this is definately great news for the museum! The Rock & Roll exhibit runs until March 22nd. Perhaps museum attendneces historially increases during bad economies similar to how more people go to the movie theater?
Also, check out the Museum of Art Blog.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The choices are:
Maine Red Claws
The site lists a brief description of each name, from the slightly lame:
Maine Destroyers- The Destroyers name honors the 400 years of shipbuilding in
Maine. It is a vibrant part of Maine’s culture and history, and also
represents our teams desire to destroy the competition.
To the pretty interesting:
Maine Red Claws- The Red Claws name celebrates the lobster industry in
Maine. Maine is the largest producer of lobsters in the United
States. The “Red” is in tribute to Boston Celtics Legend Arnold "Red"
Go Red Claws!
Underneath the bridge between South Portland and Regular Portland. This park offers some nice scenic vistas and tables with chess patterns on top of them. For those so inclined, they may also launch a small boat here or do some salt water fishing. This area is known as Thomas Knight Park, and is in the Knightville neighborhood. A few guidelines for park usage can be found here.
My favorite rule on the website which is also posted on a bulletin board int he park:
"General rule of thumb: If you are thinking about doing something your mother would not let you do, don’t do it here."
"This scenic 1.5 acre park is located at the site where the old " Million Dollar Bridge" used to enter South Portland. It offers scenic views of the Portland Peninsula and salt water fishing from the lower section of the park."
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Renovations to the Portland Public Library are slated to begin later this month, and if it ends up looking anything like the rendering above, it will look great. Located in Monument Square, the new look will help add a little extra life to this busy pedestrian area year round. I look forward to the addition of a cafe in the new section and the video board that can be used to promote local events and even be used for special events like rallies in monument square.
Read Christian's take on the renovations at Rights of Way.
Before and After #1 - Custom House
Before and After #2 - Victoria Mansion
Before and After #4 - Eastland Park Hotel
Before and After #6 - Longfellow Square
Do you have any old pictures of Portland saved on your computer? I find most of mine on the Maine Memory Network site. If you have any ideas for future installments, let me (coreytempleton @ gmail.com) know and I will see what I can do!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Along with newspapers, television stations are also seeing a decline in revenue due to decreased advertising income. Almost all television stations have a strong presence on the Internet these days, with hopes of putting a few extra bucks into their wallets. Let's take a look at Portland's 'big 3' news team websites.
The contenders (in order by station number):
WCSH Channel 6
WCSH did a fancy refresh of their website several months ago, and as you see they are going for the 'myspacey' approach. The viewer is encouraged to sign up and create a profile, comment on articles and blogs, comment in forums, upload photos, and 'keep up with your friends.' It is a pretty ambitious offering. With all the buttons and such, it really slows the site down. Also, the teeth whitening and wrinkle cream ads are too big for my taste. Lots of news sites benefit from a touch of 'social networking,' but I think they should cut it back just a tad and focus on the news. Also, I find the shade of their background color to be subpar.
WMTW Channel 8 -
I find the WMTW website to be pretty plain-jane, similar to their broadcasts, but I think it works. They have the most national news and fewest amount of advertisements on the home page. I like how they don't have an annoying background color also. They lose big points for their weather page. It is way too busy and is kind of scary. The picture of Matt Zidle is scary, too.
WGME has a good mix of news, weather, and shameless self promotion on their main page. I visit this one most often, as it loads quickly and I like their weather page. This channel excels in sensationalism, which keeps most of their content interesting. They are constantly updating the top portion of the home page with some 'breaking story.' There isn't a ton of sensational news in Maine, so I applaud the amount of effort it must take to write their stories. While they are located in suburban Portland (WGME and WCSH6 are right downtown), they do a good job at having a kinda 'big city' vibe.
Here is my ranking of these 3, best to worst:
1. WGME - Easy on the eyes, good content.
2. WMTW - The little train that could, except for the weather page
3. WCSH6 - I actually watch them on TV more than the other 2, but I strongly dislike the site.