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Arthur A. Page

Mostly Harmless.

I work with Anchor-Buoy Software, a mission driven FileMaker development shop ignited by Peloton Labs. Our mission is to empower women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, people with conviction history, and survivors of substance abuse that have been under represented in the technology industry. We do this by using FileMaker as a platform for change; a gateway to starting your own company, joining another company, or branching into other programming languages. I have always enjoyed Portland for its community and great food.

Why did you choose Portland? It's is the center of Maine's cultural, political, and technological revolution. This city is the San Francisco of Maine without the price tag.

Who are Portlanders you admire and why? Walkers and bikers that ditch their cars and take in the city.

What do you like to do with out-of-towners? We run our guest room like an Airbnb with all the people that like to visit Portland. We stock the shelves with travel toothpaste and extra phone chargers. All we're missing is a sassy front desk. Once checked in, we hop into a few local restaurants to let them know we mean business. Then we take our coffee in the Old Port. If time allows, maybe a trip over the bridge to SoPo for a look at Portland from the other side.

Where's your "happy place" on the peninsula? That's a toss up between a window seat at The Front Room and a window seat at Crema Cafe. I'm also very fond of the outdoor seating at Slab.

What's the most surprising thing about this city? How much great food there is. You have to try hard to find a bad meal. Also, people make eye contact, normal people not just the crazies like in Boston or NYC.

What's your favorite indulgence and where do you find it? Maple Latte at Crema or a hand slab the size of my face at Slab.

What's the most under-appreciated place or thing in town? This city is so walkable. It is pedestrian friendly. You can get almost anywhere by foot or bike. There is a great network of paths starting with Back Cove. Back Cove is a great walk, ride, or drive any time of the day or year.

Describe your perfect night—and the following morning—in Portland. A warm summer night walking from Congress to the Old Port with the dog and waking up to a cool sea breeze and an espresso.

Do you have a serendipity spot? Where do you always bump into good people? Green Drinks, always see someone I know at Green Drinks.

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