I've previously talked about a military base (wikipedia) near my parents' house is closing.
Today, I went to the Portland Press Herald site and saw a story I hadn't expected: Brunswick hotel closing before Navy base does. The Atrium is a hotel near where I grew up, across the street from the base. We used to go there for Chinese food when my grandparents were at their summer cottage.
Over the past 10 years, the hotel has become more run-down and their clientele has become primarily military. Now, the owners can't stay in business.
It's a bellweather of things to come. I'm curious to see what Brunswick will look like after 2011, when the base is officially destaffed.