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City grapples with tenant rights after ‘unprecedented’ mass eviction

Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling (BDN photo by Troy R. Bennett)

City officials have bought tenants affected by a mass eviction in the Parkside neighborhood more time to find new housing. But with a well-publicized housing shortage continuing to nag Portland, the clock is ticking for those same city officials to come up with a plan to avoid future crises like this one. In a news conference at […]

Ethan Strimling is taking theme song suggestions for his mayoral inauguration. Here are 6

Ethan Strimling, who was elected the next mayor of Portland last month, has taken to Facebook for suggestions on what should be the theme song for his inaugural celebration Monday night. Over the two days or so that the post has been up, Strimling has received more than 40 suggestions, some of them serious, some […]

The case for tax breaks: How a 20-year-old brewery deal turned $12,000 in annual property tax revenue into $300,000

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Fred Forsley is best known as the co-founder of Shipyard Brewing Co., the largest and most widely recognized player in Maine’s now exploding craft beer industry. Shipyard is now the 15th largest microbrewery in America, producing 80,000-plus barrels of ale every year. But in the early 1990s, it was an ambitious startup beginning to experience […]