This section examines change as it is felt where we live and work.

"Design a perfect coastal New England city, and you'll get Portland. There's an old-fashioned commercial district, all brick and wood with a splash of Victorian frill. The waterfront hosts a still-active fishing industry. Nineteenth-century mills and grand mansions abound, many of them now being converted into new work space, others serving to house enclaves of working artists and musicians. ... People who live in Portland love the community for its liveliness and cocoonlike, rugged warmth -- the perfect antidote to harsh Maine winters. It's also way off the beaten career path, which must be why a guy like Rory Strunk has such a hard time getting anyone to move there."

From "Portland Plays Perception Poker," the story of a city fighting to get on the digital map.