National Geographic : 1977 Jun
Turned by a rising tide, clam diggers retreat with their haul off Deer Isle (right). Once called "Down East welfare" because it traditionally supplemented the income of Mainers, clamming in winter has fetched up to $25 a bushel for back breaking work with rake and hod. "Portlandhas lost none of its charms," wrote native Henry Wadsworth Long fellow in 1881. Maine's largest city (be low) and once a great international port, Portland is still an important petroleum terminal for a pipeline to Canada. "The pleasant streets of that dear old town" remain largely intact, as Portland has been able to accomplish renewal through practical preservation rather than enlist ing a phalanx of bulldozers.