"Local" becomes increasingly important in Portland, Maine

08/20/2010 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Portland, Maine, long has been known for lighthouses, lobsters and, more recently, L.L. Bean. Now, the city is embracing the idea of "local." Portland features a host of locavore restaurants and galleries housing the work of local artists. Eco-friendly boutiques are rising from formerly abandoned brick warehouses and the city's main square has been transformed into a farmers' market.

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