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From the Publisher"The governor said not to worry. New jobs were on the way. Tourism was coming. You’ll have lots of jobs soon. We tried to grin and bear the VACATIONLAND red-lobster license plates. Some tried to grin and bear the new tourist-related jobs that were always part-time jobs and offered low pay, no benefits. People even grinned through seeing the tourists who decided to STAY and live in Maine where life is as it ought to be... tourists whose willingness to pay any price skyrocketed the price of a home. . . a price low-pay working people could not afford, and better-pay working people thought they could afford, going into debt neck-deep.
"Everybody was grinning."
“The story of Belfast, as related in this compassionate and sorely needed book, suggests that in the pull and tug between capital and community, capital is coming out ahead.”—New York Times Book Review