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The City

Portland is an amazing city. Located on the southern coast of Maine, it’s just the right size, easy to navigate on foot, filled with arts and culture and minutes from beaches, lakes and forests. The city is a collection of unique neighborhoods with a strong commitment to community. Between the outdoor activities, the booming local food movement and the vibrant visual and performing art scene, Portland offers not just a place to live but a way of life. But don’t just take our word for it. It seems that the word is out:


Top 14 Places to Travel in 2014
Top 10 Metropolitan Areas in the Country for Job Hunting: Forbes Magazine

America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods:  Forbes Magazine

Best City for Hipsters
#1 Most Livable City: Forbes Magazine
America's Best Farmers Markets
Most Blissful City to Visit
Coolest Small City in America: GQ Magazine
Top College City
Best Town in the East: Outside Magazine
Foodiest Small Town: Bon Appetit Magazine
Top Fun Cities in the Country: Portfolio
Top Green City: Organic Gardening Magazine
Best City for Mid-Level Professionals: Kiplinger’s
Hottest Cities for Entrepreneurs: Inc Magazine
Top 10 Art Towns in America - America’s Best Art Towns
Portland street named among 10 greatest streets in nation

Galleries of life in Portland:


Visiting Portland

Portland’s Downtown District
Information about area lodging and shopping

Portland Food Map
Everything you could ever want to know about where to eat in Portland

Live Work Portland
Great resource for information on arts, culture, food, events and news of the city

Portland Press Herald
Local daily newspaper

Portland Phoenix
Alternative weekly newspaper

First Friday Art Walk
Galleries and studios open their doors for this monthly art event

Portland Creative People
A directory of artists, designers, entrepreneurs and innovators


Portland Map

From the North
Take Interstate 295 to Exit 7, Franklin Street

From the South
Take the Maine Turnpike northbound to Exit 44, Interstate 295. Follow Interstate 295 to
Exit 7, Franklin Street

Directions to the Porteous Building at 522 Congress Street:

Stay on Franklin Street until you hit the top of the hill and take a right onto Congress Street.
You will pass City Hall on your right; continue on Congress several more blocks, past
Monument Square. Porteous is the large building on the left with a brown awning.


There is a public parking garage at 45 Spring Street, on the right just past the Cumberland County Civic Center. To go to the Porteous Building from the parking garage, leave the parking garage through its rear exit, onto Free Street; the Porteous Building will be immediately across the street from you.

On-street 2-hour parking is available on Congress, Casco (directly across from the Porteous Building entrance) and surrounding streets.

Portland Parking Garages and Lots

One City Center Parking Garage, Monument Square, 773.2761
Midtown Parking Lot, 44 Fore St.
Top of the Old Port Parking Lot, 119 Pearl & Congress Sts., 828.1212
Temple Street Parking Garage, 11 Temple St., 772.5762
Cumberland County Parking Garage, Newbury St., 871.8275
Custom House Sq. Parking Garage, Pearl & Fore Sts.
Fore Street Parking Garage, 439 Fore St., 772.7738
Casco Bay Parking Garage, Commercial St. at Maine State Pier, 774.8653
Cotton & Center Parking Lot, 57 Center St., 879.8983
Public Market Parking Garage, 315 Cumberland Ave, 774.2829
Spring St. Parking Garage, 45 Spring St., 874.2842
Gateway Parking Garage, 181 High St., 761.1568
Harbor Plaza Parking Garage, Union St., 775.3788
Monument Square Parking Garage, Cumberland and Brown Sts.