Downeast Magazine Names Belfast As The Best Place To Live In Maine
Belfast wasn't always the beautiful little town it is now.
When I was growing up, Belfast was not the quaint little seaside town it's blossomed into the last several decades. It was seen as kind of a grimy fishing village with nothing but a nasty waterfront and a bunch of hardened, drunken lobstermen. People back then didn't brag about being from Belfast. Usually quite the opposite.
You ever hear the way people (undeservedly these days) in southern Maine talk about Lewiston or Biddeford? That's what Belfast was like then. I honestly can't tell you if it was on purpose, or the town just changed on it's own. Although when MBNA came to town, that likely played a big role. Regardless, here we are all these years later, and Belfast is now the best place to live in Maine.
There is literally a bracket challenge for everything these days.
Thanks to college basketball in March, this time of year everything is put in some kind of bracket challenge. If it's March, and you need to choose something, BOOM! Bracket challenge. And of course, there's usually the word "madness" thrown in for good measure somewhere. It really sets the tone for competition.
So Downeast Magazine rose to the bracket challenge with their readers to determine the best place to live in Maine. Their criteria were pretty straightforward. First, no towns that appeared on last year's list. They too into account local quality of life, the absolutely bonkers real estate market, and quality of life in each town.
It started with 16 towns from all over the state.
There was some decent competition. Wells, Blue Hill, South Portland, Windham, and Brewer. All great little towns in their own right, for many different reasons. Belfast's initial battle was against Wells. No trouble there. Then Belfast toppled Blue Hill and Farmington. Ultimately, Belfast took down New Gloucester for the big win.
Downeast says thousands of readers voted in the challenge. This wasn't some lame panel of judges who are out of touch. This was decided by Mainers and lovers of Maine who know what the real deal is. Say what you want about Belfast's past... it's present and future look just fine from here.