Down East 2013 ©
With views like this, you can understand why this little village was one of the first places in the nation to pass a zoning ordinance. If that were your home, hanging over the crashing surf, you’d be a little protective, too, especially if people were walking along a famous public cliff-walk beneath your windows. This Census Designated Place — or community within a community — sits in southern Maine, where development pressure has been keenly felt ever since the first residents moved in shortly after the Pilgrims. Rare are the beautiful days when the beach is as quiet as it seems in this photo. Formerly the slummier part of town, this little arc of sand was reborn as an upscale, tourist destination in the late nineteenth century. It’s been busy ever since, most recently as a haven for Boston commuters. Good luck finding a parking spot. If you recognize this sunny scene, post a comment below.