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    Thursday Feb 20, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Map: the urban-rural divide of Maine’s economy

    Yesterday, I posted a map here (link) that offered a striking visualization of how much a small handful of metropolitan areas contribute to the nation’s economy. Maine’s commonly perceived as a rural state, but as it happens, a similar pattern holds up here. Here’s a view of Maine’s economy split in half: half of the state’s economic activity happens in the relatively small southern corner, colored orange, and the other […]

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  • Wednesday Feb 19, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    Map: the urban-rural divide of America’s economy

    This fairly amazing map has been making the rounds on Twitter today. Its creator seems to be the Reddit user atrubetskoy. I checked the data against figures in this report from the US Conference of Mayors, which confirms that this map is pretty accurate. Here’s a list of the metro areas depicted in orange in the map above, along with their estimated metropolitan gross domestic products in 2011: New York-Northern New […]

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  • Thursday Jan 30, 2014 | 11:29 am

    This week in business news: more housing development on Munjoy Hill and the MM&A discount sale

    Back in October I wrote about how developers are adding new housing to Portland’s Munjoy Hill neighborhood to target the high end of the market — at their listed prices, you’d need a six-figure income to be able to afford a mortgage for these places. This Tuesday, the city’s planning board approved two more projects that will add 17 more homes to the neighborhood. The larger of the two projects, […]

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  • Wednesday Jan 22, 2014 | 2:51 pm

    Meet the artist who made your hold music

    Portland writer Sara Corbett (who also co-founded The Telling Room, a nonprofit writing workshop) had a great story on this weekend’s This American Life about the origins of the on-hold music that’s the default setting on Cisco corporate phone switchboards. It turns out, the music has an eclectic fan base that includes Corbett’s father-in-law. Listen here:      

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    Thursday Jan 16, 2014 | 4:54 pm

    Crowdfunding California’s solar power boom: this week’s “from away” business news

    Today’s business page features a story from Tux Turkel about how Maine environmental groups would like to install more solar power across the state, with a goal of 200 megawatts of solar power capacity by the end of the decade. If that sounds ambitious, bear in mind that the Wyman Unit No. 4 oil-burning power plant in Yarmouth  can generate up to 610 megawatts of power.  And in California, where incentives […]

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  • Thursday Jan 09, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Quebec’s new carbon market and California’s pot taxes: this week’s ‘from away’ business news

    Maine is increasingly competing in a global economy, which means that our local businesses often thrive or die based on events and decisions that happen far beyond our borders. "From Away" is a new weekly roundup of national and international business news that has implications for Maine’s local economy. My plan is to publish these roundups once a week on Thursdays — if you have suggestions, email or tweet […]

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  • Monday Jan 06, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    The rent is too damn high for restauranteurs

    Happy 2014! If you had a chance to take some time off for the holidays, you might have missed this great year-end story from Press Herald writer Meredith Goad: Portland restaurant space rare, too pricey, chefs say Goad surveys a number of local chefs who say that retail spaces for new restaurants in downtown Portland are growing increasingly scarce (and, by the laws of supply and demand, expensive as well). […]

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    Friday Dec 13, 2013 | 8:02 am

    A bird’s-eye view of Portland’s economic transformation

    The Bayside neighborhood is in the news this week as city planners get ready to vote on final approvals for an ambitious redevelopment on long-vacant railyards along Somerset Street. Randy Billings had a good overview of the neighborhood’s history and past redevelopment efforts on the cover of Monday’s paper, and along with it we ran an old aerial photo of the neighborhood from around 1960, part of our new "Flashback" […]

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  • Monday Dec 09, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Planet Money’s t-shirt genealogy project

    Reporting and explaining the global economy is difficult: the narratives are complicated and they literally span the globe.  NPR’s "Planet Money" team took on the challenge with a product that seems relatively simple: a t-shirt. Reporters and videographers went from the cotton fields of Mississippi to the textile plants of Indonesia to the sewing factories of Bangladesh, and the resulting story is both beautiful and amazing. It’s also a really […]

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