In the long run, the slow degradation of Maine’s vivid and distinctive quality of place (and the reputation it supports) may be the greatest cost to Maine of all.
- from "Charting Maine's Future, An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places" (The Brookings Institution)
The current Maine Wire asks the question as to what ever happened to this Brookings Institution report:
In October 2006, The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program published “Charting Maine’s Future: An Action Plan for Promoting Sustainable Prosperity and Quality Places.” It was impressively produced with many fine pictures of trees, lobster traps, potatoes, Mainers at work and Mainers looking rustic. It was nicely laid out with many instructive graphs and charts. Governor Baldacci described it as a “blueprint for Maine’s future.” Copies were placed in the hands of every sitting legislator.
Did they all read it? Not a chance. Did anyone read it? The evidence is uncertain. There’s a phrase found in German naval communiques which has always appealed to me because of its emphatic and conclusive tone: “versenkt spurlos” – sunk without a trace. Seems to apply here. The “blueprint,” after its initial ballyhooing, rarely pops up in the current political debates. I’ve seen only one mention of the thing in Maine’s media since it first appeared. With its tenth anniversary approaching its time for a review.