April 4, 2012

Magazine ranks Portland among 'greenest cities'

From staff reports

PORTLAND — Portland is the seventh "greenest city" in the United States, according to the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine.

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This photo shows Park Street in Portland, ME. Portland was named America's 7th "greenest" city by Travel & Leisure Magazine.

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It's also the No. 1 city in America to visit and to live in during the summer, according to the magazine's rankings. It edged out San Diego in the visiting category, and Portland, Oregon in the living category.

The magazine cited the city's farm-to-table restaurants, microbrews and access to the outdoors as reasons for making the "greenest" cities list.

As part of the magazine's annual America's Favorite Cities survey, readers ranked 35 metropolitan areas on a variety of travel-friendly qualities and, based upon the results, identified the greenest cities.

Portland earned high marks from both visitors and residents for cleanliness, access to the outdoors and pedestrian friendliness. Portland has more than 900 acres of parks and open spaces and at least 75 miles of trails. A little more than a quarter of this acreage is forested.

The city has supported the local food movement by supporting local farmers' markets and expanding and encouraging access to community gardening.

Currently, the city has 130 community garden plots at four locations and at all but two of the city's schools. In consultation with the community, the city is engaged in a public process to identify other potential locations for additional gardens.

Readers ranked Portland, Oregon as the country's greenest city. Seattle, Minneapolis, Denver and Chicago also beat out Portland, Maine.

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