Title

Lengthy article on the evolution of the Maine Mall from the days when the land n

Authors

Jeff Clark

Source

Down East

Date

1-1-2001

Pages

40-45, 65, 67-69

Abstract

Lengthy article on the evolution of the Maine Mall from the days when the land near the future intersection of the Maine Turnpike and I-295 was mostly marshland and a pig farm. City Manager Bernal Allen envisioned a mall on the land in South Portland. When the Maine Turnpike Authority refused to post a sign for the mall, he worked to have Payne Road renamed Maine Mall Road, forcing the authority to change the Payne Road exit sign. The mall quickly grew beyond anyone's expectations, and traffic planning has been playing catch-up ever since. The Maine Mall has become a new urban species called an edge city, containing all the features of a city except for the civic elements. With statistics, interviews with shoppers, details on the mall's security, a comparison with the Bangor Mall, and a map showing how the mall area has grown over four decades.

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