12.16.2011

The role of optimism in development


Yesterday, Mayor-elect Bob MacDonald of Lewiston apologized for his divisive comments after winning the election by 70 votes. This represented an about-face as just about everyone in town anticipated him announcing some sort of litigation against Paradis' election team for spreading rumors about his wife during the campaign. Of more interest to me is MacDonald's continuing yammering about Lewiston's reputation.

Sure. Growing up in Bath, everyone referred to Lewiston (and to a lesser degree Auburn) as the "arm-pit" of Maine. Like the smaller mill-towns in our state, Lewiston became a hole of poverty when manufacturing jobs fled south and then overseas. The crime rate was high. The flat-rooved French-Canadian architecture doesn't help our image either.