A blog for better streets and public spaces in Portland, Maine.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Easternmost Zipcar in the USA

I was up in Penobscot County last week and snapped this photo of the University of Maine's shared car at the Orono campus:

The Zipcar is parked in a convenient spot at the close-in end of UMO's gigantic parking lot, which can be seen in the background here. You might also notice the big dent in the side. I'd chalked this up to lousy student driving, but my friend Margaret, a current UMO grad student, informed me that it was actually the result of a white-tailed deer running into the side of the car. So deer are stupider than college motorists. I stand corrected.

Speaking of shared cars, Matti Guerney, an employee of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, will be hosting two meetings in Portland at the end of this month to advance the idea of creating a carsharing business here in Maine's largest city. Here are the dates:

  • 5/29, 6 PM: Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (aka "Hill House"), 92 Congress St.
  • 5/31, 10 AM: Reiche School, 166 Brackett St.

Contact Matti at carshareme@gmail.com to learn more.

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