Category Archives: Cops & Courts

The city of Courtland: Maine’s biggest berg faces legal challenges on multiple fronts


Anyone following Portland news right now knows that the city has been sued recently both for its ordinance preventing people from standing in the median strips and for denying a citizens’ petition that would have jeopardized its sale of Congress Square Park to private hotel developers. We’ve got plenty in the archives on both of […]

Is Portland a safe place to live?

Portland police officers stand at the ready on Alder Street late last month at the scene of a standoff. (BDN file photo by Troy R. Bennett)

The Portland Police Department has introduced an online survey to gauge public sentiment on crime, police responsiveness and safety in Maine’s largest city. If you want to weigh in, you can click through the survey here — it’s 40 questions long, but they’re mostly not essay questions, so it shouldn’t take more than a few […]