This sign is just outside of my abode. I uploaded this photo to Unseen Portland recently and Portland Food Map noted that the Neon Diner was in business from 1991-1995. Whenever a new restaurant opens here, there have been several, they take down the old sign which reveals the old diner's sign beneath. The new restaurant will be called "Gogi," an "Asian fusion restaurant."
Some more photos down on Widgery Wharf, which is a charming name for a wharf. Per this Daily Sun article from last year, about a photographer who had been documenting the working waterfront, Widgery Wharf's pilings date back to 1774.
I often notice boxes like the one pictured below scattered around town. I believe some are for traffic control electronics and some are for certain utilities. I think it would be nice to have some official city-endorsed art adorning such structures. Some of the boxes get a splash of graffiti every now and then but others do not. This city has quite a few artistic types that could probably do something with these.
The box similar to this one but in front of MECA had chalk drawings all over it last summer as part of an event there and I think it was a good start.
A few pictures from the good old Eastern Cemetery. I wasn't sure which angle I liked better. Also, I may have messed around with each of them in photoshop a bit much.
If you follow me on facebook or twitter, this is old news, but my blog was featured on the WCSH6 (local NBC affiliate and purveyor of local news) recently. It was part of a segment that aired on the other day's morning report. The video can be seen here if you missed it (like me).
Yet more photos from last weeks snow day:
"Free snow with every beer purchase" at Novare Res.
Work continues on the Abyssinian Meeting House on Newbury Street. I last took a photo of the building in March 2009 and it appears that a lot of work has been done since then. The Abyssinian is an historic structure, built in 1828. It was the cultural center for free African Americans in Southern Maine (and the third African American meeting house in the country) back in the day and is an important stop on the Portland Freedom Trail. Check out the house's official site here.
Also, as you've noticed from the widget on the right side of this page and from posts on other local blogs, it is time for the 2011 Portland Phoenix Best-of poll nominations. This blog was nominated last year, which was a great honor. I'm not concerned about winning, but I would be grateful to be a nominee once more. Nominate your favorite local things here!
As always, all of this blog's post are available by scrolling about 3/4 down the page (on the right side) in the 'archives' section and each photo uploaded to the blog is archived in a of couple of photo albums here.
These are both from the first of January, and I don't think I've posted either of them yet. I'm hoping for a snow day from work on Wednesday so I can get out for more snow-themed pictures. As I've shared in previous years, daily photo-ing is especially challenging in the winter when it is dark outside before and after work. Alas, the days are getting a bit longer so that is nice.