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Historian's look back at Greater Portland, 1969, highlights November programming on CETV

Maine Mall in 1969
Construction of Jordan Marsh, what would become the anchor of the Maine Mall, in 1969. From Herb Adams' presentation, "Looking Back - Our Region 50 Years Ago"

Vietnam War protests, two moon landings, and, in the opinion of guest speaker Herb Adams, the worst James Bond movie ever made had our attention in 1969, but 1969 also saw formation of the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the regional planning organization that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

CETV, Cape Elizabeth's public-access channel, will show a replay of Adams' "Looking Back - Our Region 50 years Ago," presented to GPCOG Annual Summit at St. Joseph's College on May 29. The Town of Cape Elizabeth is a member of GPCOG.

Using historical photographs and newspaper accounts, Adams takes a unique look at how our changing lives led to a changing landscape throughout the region. An example was the construction of the Jordan Marsh at the fledgeling Maine Mall, the largest commercial development in Maine history. Route 295 and the Franklin Arterial were in planning stages, designed to move people and their cars but at the expense of long-standing neighborhoods.

CETV can be viewed on Spectrum Channel 1302, or on-demand at cetv.capeelizabeth.org. The video can also be viewed at vimeo.com.

Also on CETV this month, the replay of the Nov. 12, 2019 Cumberland County Commissioners meeting features presentation of the 2019 Spirit of America Awards (at 16:22). Cape Elizabeth's recipient was the Pond Cove School Playground Committee, nominated by the Town Council for their volunteer efforts to plan, design and fund renovations of the playground at Pond Cove School.