An artist adding some new paint to the side of The Asylum.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Here are some pictures from earlier today of the Sidewalk Art Festival, a great event held every summer that stretches from the corner of Free and Temple Streets all the way up to where Park Street meets Congress Street. 7 city blocks of car-free entertainment. From the event's website:
Approximately 300 artists and 40,000 visitors attend this festival. The WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival is the oldest and largest one-day art show in Northern New England.
Friday, August 21, 2009
These are a few shots of the empty lot on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and Forest Avenue. It was once home to a few houses, which were cleared for this Waterview at Bayside condo project several years ago, which fell through. The site was purchased by the same company, PowerPay, that is moving into the former public market building (source). They have yet to clear this little jungle (which is even taller since the time I took these pictures) but it is slated to become employee parking (despite the fact that the former public market building is attached to a parking garage).
Thursday, August 20, 2009
If you're looking for volunteer opportunities, Preble Street is always welcoming help. Located in the Bayside neighborhood, but only two blocks from Monument Square, there is a large presence of social services organizations in this lower-income area. You don't see it in tour books or magazine articles promoting the city, but I would say that Portland has a pretty sizable homeless population, especially per capita.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Here are a few interesting things from around the local blog circuit that you may have missed...
- Portland Food Coma continues sharing some deep thoughts on local bars located within Asian restaurants.
- Tip of the hat to Portland Food Map on this post, reporting that Mainebiz reports on the old claim that we may have more restaurants per capita than San Francisco, maybe.
- Original Portland/Portland Photoworks proprietor Elliott Teel was interviewed in a Bollard story about the Parkside neighborhood, I recommend checking it out (the article, but Parkside isn't as bad as it used to be they report)
- Also, you may have noticed that I turned off comments for my new posts. I have been having troubles with some spam recently (I kept getting 30 different spam comments each day) despite having the word verification feature on. I'm working on the issue and will likely install the Disqus comment tool that is currently used on Walk Around Portland.
Labels: Around the Peninsula
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
These are a few shots looking at Portland from Bay Shore Drive in Falmouth. In the first picture you can see Martin's Point on the right and the bridge that connects Route 1 between Portland and Falmouth. (Note, this was looking directly at the sun)
This is a more zoomed in shot of the middle area of the above photo. Munjoy Hill is on the left and East Deering is on the right.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
There are some signs in this window for Figa Restaurant, opening someday soon I gather. It is located on the same strip of Congress Street as Ferdinand and Eli-phant.
From the website...
"She (chef Lee Farrington) practices sustainability from the energy used to the recycled materials utilized in preserving a space for diners. This mission is not based on trend, but on her personal and true goal to be a sustainable kitchen in every aspect. And also to complete the circle, the way it has now been completed for her – cook fresh, clean, delicious food in the kitchen, provide a beautiful, comfortable space for diners, and ultimately return compost to the farm where the food was first harvested."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
A couple semi-action shots today. This brave guy was washing the windows on the One Portland Square Building on Union Street. I would have thought they have a specialized window cleaning device that goes up and down the building from a small crane on the roof, but maybe it was broken or they haven't invested in that technology
He's in the top left of the building here, I used a wide-angle to show that it's a pretty tall building.
I will be in Boston for today and tomorrow and will likely share some pictures here and or on flickr of the town and the Paul McCartney concert if I can smuggle a camera in.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
I guess you can grab a lobster or two for dinner the next time you fill up your car.
According to this recent article on Yahoo!...
"Looking for an inexpensive change-up for your next backyard barbeque? Try lobster. "Per pound, it's less expensive than hot dogs right now," grumbles lobster-boat captain Mike Dassatt, who fishes the coast near Belfast, Maine, with his wife Sheila."
So buy a lobster and support your local lobster-folk.