Portland Declares February 7 ‘207 Day’ While the Rest of Maine is Ignored
Maine should really be broken up into two states because it seems that one half of it isn't too fond of the other half.
According to the 2022 US Census, Cumberland and York Counties combined have a population of 519,822. That's 40% of Maine's population in the southern part of the state. The two counties also comprise 7% of the land in Maine.
The majority of the population of Maine lives north of Cumberland County. Many of those people refer to Portland as well as Cumberland and York County as "North Massachusetts."
On February 7, the City of Portland made an official proclamation designating February 7, "207 Day." 207 Day was the brainchild of the non-profit organization, Portland Downtown. According to their website, their goal is to stimulate a vibrant, thriving, and sustainable downtown community.
Now that's all great and stuff, but the City of Portland made its proclamation of "207 Day" for the entire city, yet the area code isn't just a Portland area code. It's the whole freaking state.
Seems a little selfish to me. And what's with everyone making days out of dates like the infamous May 4th as Star Wars day because "May the Force (Fourth) Be With You." Ugh.
Anyway, I'm not the only one that thinks it's a little pompous to declare 207 Day in Portland only. Steve Hewins commented on Portland Downtown's post saying exactly what I was thinking.
Right on Steve. Maybe Porltand should pick one of its many zip codes instead and have a 04103 day on On May 10th. Just drop the last number and you've pretty much got the city covered.
The other thing a lot of people picked up on is the date the declaration goes into effect.
I'm all for a 207 Day if that's what you want to do Portland, but make it all-inclusive. Collab on the state level rather than make it your own. 207 is ALL of Maine, even the parts you've never been to.
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