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The Daily Maine Fact

Old Port Exchange Street

In the 1960s, Portland's Old Port Exchange was a gritty warehouse district by day and deserted by night - except for drunks, muggers, prostitutes and other troubled souls. Frank Akers, the property owner who first spotted the area's commercial potential, used extension cords and timers to run lights in the empty upper floors of his buildings at night, just to make them look occupied. (Sources: "Only the Beginning," by Randy Dominic, Greater Portland magazine, Summer 1982. Portland: Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce; Wikipedia, Old Port)

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