Gentrifying Maine

The New York Times takes a look and vanishing “working waterfront” spaces in Maine. The state has a very long coastline, but apparently only a small proportion of it is suitable for the docks and so forth that fishermen need and more and more of that is getting bought up for real estate development. That trend’s been going on for a while, but the Times reports that it’s now pushing all the way into the remote parts of the state east of Bar Habor.

My family has a summer home on the coast in Brooklin, Maine so I guess we’re part of the problem. This kind of thing ends up being somewhat more paradoxical than your urban gentrification scenarios since the working fishing operations and so forth are, at least in my opinion, an integral part of coastal Maine’s considerable charm. On the other hand, that reality may create a reasonable policy rationale for taking action to protect the industry.