Planners in Maine envision vibrant downtowns

That's the headline today of a lengthy article in the Portland Press Herald. Key paragraph:

Communities see livable, walkable villages and downtowns as a way to attract younger urban-oriented residents, improve efficiency and support local commerce. The challenge in many places will be balancing decades of single-purpose design that depends on automotive transportation with the growing desire of Americans to get out of their cars and walk city streets.

Read the full story here.