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Old 11-06-2013, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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"Parking in Portland! Yegads!"

Wait until February.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:23 AM
 
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The bolded is ideal, I agree, but it's not the case as far as I can tell. I very rarely see any buses driving around, so it doesn't seem like public transit is much of an option.

Would be great if it was, but I haven't seen much of it.
No, right! Where's the public transportation? Much of Old Port is cobblestone -- why can't there be trolleys, streetcars, etc. from a public parking area to the Old Port area.

I don't mind walking. It's the driving around trying to find spaces that I think is onerous. The meters are 2 hours max. You are forced to move your car after 2 hours (have the tickets to prove it). Ridiculous. What a waste of the work day.
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Old 12-06-2013, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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We've vacationed in Portland, ME before precisely BECAUSE parking is at a premium! What does this mean? The city prioritizes historic preservation, enhancing the pedestrian experience, and increasing density in its urban core over subsidizing suburbanites who want to drive back-and-forth on a daily basis. A surface parking lot is a huge waste of space in an otherwise thriving city. Unless you're physically-disabled or elderly I see no reason why you can't do what I do here in similarly-dense and historic Pittsburgh---park in a residential neighborhood (for free) and then HOOF IT. If you want there to be a parking space right in front of your front door (i.e. Wal-Mart or Applebee's) then play/work/live in suburbia. Here in Pittsburgh many neighborhoods are "permit zones", which means only residents of that immediate neighborhood can park for longer than two hours at a time, but I'm presuming Portland may be different?

Does Portland have any suburban "park 'n ride" lots that people from other communities can drive to, park, and then ride in on a bus? Are bike lanes an option? Like it or not Portland is a CITY, and the only cities that have ample and abundant free surface parking everywhere pretty much suck.
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