100 years ago, 1913
Men of influence in the present city administration in Lewiston are going to take up the matter of the purchase of an athletic field for the schools. This is being done or has been done in about every up-to-date city in the country. Lewiston has no ball ground or athletic field outside of Bates College. This is not available for general uses. The time will soon pass when land can be bought at a reasonable price. Let the city appropriate $10,000 for such a field, build a permanent grandstand, fence it up and keep it in repair and the citizens in general will endorse such an expenditure.

50 years ago, 1963
The city of Auburn has hurdled the first step in its urban renewal program. The city has received word from the office of Sen. Edmund S. Muskie that the Housing and Home Financing Administration has approved the city’s workable program for community improvement through the elimination of slums and blight. Formal approval of the workable program, says the HHFA, is necessary before the city can receive federal aid in the form of loans and grants.

25 years ago, 1988
Skyscrapers won’t be allowed in the central business district after the Auburn Planning Board Thursday turned down a developer’s request to have the height limit extended to 10-story buildings, but the situation may change. The downtown development firm of Platz Associates, which built the city’s tallest building so far at 2 Great Falls Plaza, asked the board to double the height limit on buildings from 75 feet to 150 feet. Concerns about impeded views and possible clashes with the existing aesthetics of the downtown area spawned the 5-1 denial of the request, but city planners will begin developing alternatives to the proposal.

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