Misery Loves Company: Navigating a Car-Centric Environment

Is it true? Come find out!

As pedestrians, we can naturally feel when a walking environment feels unsafe or unpleasant, but what exactly are the elements that lead us to those feelings? How do we best navigate these routes? Join us for a walking group based on the three big Cs of this walk: Curiosity, Commiseration, and Complaining.

We’ll start at the Back Cove Parking lot across Preble Street from Hannaford in Portland, and end at Lincoln Park along Congress Street and Franklin Arterial.

This walk will not be a tour; rather, it will be a lightly guided conversation and shared act of noticing. Trigger warning: the walk leader is also strongly and transparently anti-car-culture.


This route should be (technically) ADA accessible, but may prove difficult for some with long crosswalks and driveways to navigate. We will be going up a sustained incline along Franklin Arterial.

Starting Location:

Back Cove Trail parking lot along Preble Street, across from Hannaford. Look for us gathering near one of the water-facing benches.

Ending Location:

Lincoln Park, at Congress and Franklin Arterial. We'll gather near the fountain to debrief and rest.
Lincoln Park
Portland, Maine 04101

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

Learn more about SDGs

  • 03 - Good Health and Well-Being
  • 09 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

May 4, 2024 / 1:00 PM

Led by: C.J. Opperthauser
Duration: One hour
City/Town: Portland
County: Cumberland
Language(s): English