Portland, Maine: A city that helps tourists more than its homeless, poor

Oct 14, 2013 Full story: Bangor Daily News 8

It seems the city of Portland in the past few years has been more eager to provide for a tourist carrying cash and credit cards than a person carrying the burdens of everyday survival.

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Larry Anton

Standish, ME

#1 Oct 14, 2013
Common sense tells us that providing for the tourists with their cash and credit cards generates jobs which provide a way for the poor and unemployed to help themselves.

Since: Dec 13

portland maine

#2 Dec 29, 2013
Portland is another lousy elitist northeastern city. The homeless are looked after pretty well! I heard one of them from out of state claim that he had paid money for worse food than at the soup kitchen.

The real issue is that the city cares more about tourists than it does local people who ride the bus and walk on the ice covered brick sidewalks. It lags behind in the public transportation realm. Its like a fantasy city that doesnt really exist except in the mind of some publicist who wants a new slogan to sell his product to tourists.

Fake-snow globe city. Nice to look at from afar, but look behind the cardboard buildings: its all a film set with no substance.

Portland, ME

#3 Jan 12, 2014
@nardo: Local people who ride the bus and walk on the ice covered sidewalks usually are poor...

Portland, ME

#4 Jan 12, 2014
Also the food at the soup kitchen usually comes from the same supermarkets as other food...or are you saying the homeless should just eat slop? Lack of compassion there, big time. Try facing a -5 degree night with no support some time.

Portland, ME

#5 Jan 12, 2014
Maybe good cooks should be banned from volunteering at homeless shelters? This totally sidesteps concerns about structural unemployment and homelessness, how once you become homeless it is so hard to be employed, get into an apartment, etc. "They are cared for" whatever.
skinny bones taco

Worcester, MA

#6 Mar 3, 2014
It's our duty to look after the homeless, never laugh at them. ..God is watching.

Since: Dec 13

portland maine

#7 Nov 2, 2014
I really am disgusted with the cost of portland. I no longer live in New England but moved to a liberal city of roughly the same size elsewhere. The bus where I live now is better designed, has more routes, and only costs one dollar per ride. A month pass now costs me only 20 dollars per month. Portland is a rip off city that keeps everything safe and sanitary. You pay twice as much as you should for rent in a dump that would cost half the price for two times as much space outside of New England. new England rots.

Since: Dec 13

portland maine

#8 Nov 2, 2014
45 dollars for a month pass? Its 20 where I live now!


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