Portland votes to protect city parks
PORTLAND (WGME) -- Portland residents have voted to protect lands and make it more difficult for the city to sell the land. It was a close vote at 51.49% to 48.51%.
The vote adds 35 open spaces to the city's list of protected lands and make it more difficult to sell them.
The key piece is Congress Square Plaza, a half-acre plaza in downtown Portland. The city wanted to sell most of the plaza to an Ohio-based hotel owner.
Supporters said failure could imperil other open public spaces in a city that has seen increased development interest in recent years. Opponents of the measure said passage would discourage investment in the city.