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“There are lots of people who are trying to meet people,” he said.Apse, who has lived in several smaller towns, said he moved to Portland because he thought he’d have a better chance of finding a partner in the city.

As the Old Port’s outdoor patios opened up and singles flooded from their apartments looking for summer love, we aimed to figure out how Portland got its bad rap and whether a good mate is really that hard to find here.

Caitlin Cleary and Kelly Robinson, both 23 and in relationships, said they wouldn’t expect to meet someone they want to date at a bar, like Amigo’s, where they shared nachos at happy hour on a recent Thursday.

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Her concept was to take the guessing out of the dating game and get people together who are single and looking.

Stefan Apse, 33, who attended the event, said he appreciates the honest approach.

Cleary said it’s a common problem in Portland, where it seems there’s never more than two degrees of separation between you and a suitor. “If I were single and met someone new, there’s going to be 10 people I know that are going to have something to say about that person.” Although Cleary sees that as a downside to dating here, Abbie Mc Gilvery likes the fact that getting insight into a potential new partner is only a phone call away – often to someone who has already dated that person.

“It’s easy to figure out who are the good ones and who are the bad ones real quick,” said Mc Gilvery, 32, a mom and entrepreneur who doesn’t like to waste her time.

“They’re active, they’re artistic, they’re well read, they’re interesting,” she said.

Straubel – a sex blogger for her own website, The Red Lipstick Project, and for the Portland Press Herald’s sister site, Maine – has some advice about dating in Portland that she wishes she could have given to her younger self: “Get over yourself. “We get so caught up in the mindset of our dating life that we forget to actually date.” HIGH PORTLAND USE OF MATCH.

The percentage of those people with profiles on makes most of the rest of New England look like an online-dating desert.

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