I know you're all familiar with the tourist-y part of Portland: DiMillo's - the floating restaurant, cruise ships, whale watches, and lobster rolls. I'm here to take you on my neighborhood walk, and show you a side of Portland you may not know.
Meet Kylie, she came along for the walk.
See the political sign with the five languages at the top? Nice effort, but did you know there are over 40 languages spoken in the Portland public school system? Crazy, right. This guy's going to need a bigger sign!
Our sidewalks are brick. New brick, old brick, flat brick and bumpy brick. All of it treacherous in the winter.
We are diverse! Portland, Maine ranks third in the United States - so wear those rainbows proudly!
If you've driven in Portland, you know parking can be a challenge. And our meter maids don't cut anyone any slack. So, put your quarters in and set your timer.
We love art - from the Portland Museum of Art to the Danforth Inn (shown), art is as vital to our souls as lobster!
Unfortunately, our vandals are very creative. Two fences that could skewer you like a shish kabob and still they manage to deface a beautiful building. Sad.
Shameless promotion of mARTini Jewels, but I feel the message is appropriate. Explore!
No matter how small the square footage, we love our outdoor gardens! You can always find a little treasure around every corner.
Portland's interpretation of a car horn. Ha!
We have a homeless and heroin problem. No city is immune, and I wish we had the answers. Recently, our public trash cans have had sharps containers added on the back for needle disposal. Our neighbors two doors down had a break in while they were home. Scary stuff.
Portland has a lot of waterfront open to the public - this is East End Beach, (dog friendly!) and it's adjacent to the park. Beautiful at any time of year! And yes, I've been there in the dead of winter. Dogs don't concern themselves with temperature.
So that's my city! Good and bad, I love living in Portland. If you find yourself in my vicinity, give me a shout and come visit my studio!