Re: “Another View: Soul of Portland not for sale to highest bidder” (Oct. 21):

Question 2 on the Portland ballot is about housing for Portland residents. AARP Maine is working with the city on issues of concern for Portlanders 50 and older. Portland was the first to join AARP’s Age-Friendly Network in Maine.

Our work focuses on access to housing, transportation, open public spaces and more. We’re working together and with other aging organizations to ensure that Portland is a place for residents of all ages to live, work and play, today and in the future. Question 2 would set back this important work.

AARP Maine opposes Question 2. The referendum is confusing for voters. Its restrictive nature could also be used as a barrier to building housing for older and low-income residents.

On behalf of our 230,000 members statewide and the thousands in Portland, I urge my fellow voters to vote “no” on Question 2 on the Portland ballot.

Amy Gallant

advocacy director, AARP Maine


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