A sense of place
Retaining our sense of place and identity has immense value. This is a major reason people come here; they want a community that looks, feels, smells and acts like Maine. Nobody wants to visit a place that could be any given area in the United States.
The sense of identity is of symbolic importance and allows all visitors, and all of us, a sense of security. Losing identity is like losing a loved one. A place can grow without destroying the things that people come here for, to begin with.
The heart and soul of a community is in its neighborhoods and history. The unique character of a place it what saves it, and sustainability comes with that. Let’s keep our sense of place and continue to provide visitors the “Maine” they come here to see.