Monthly Archives: November 2010

House Museums don’t advance historic preservation.

This is not an indictment against house museums.     Let’s get that right off the table.      They are valuable in that historic preservationists and historic home owners can get ideas and inspiration for doing their own buildings.       House museums keep alive … Continue reading

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Something Missing?

The Daily News has a long history of dancing around the Newburyport Historic District.      In today’s article, they almost broke their back trying not to mention it.       Instead, it was the ‘Downtown’, it’s the ‘location’, it’s the ‘antique’ building, it … Continue reading

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Foreclosures – The Truth

John P. Wells, on his blog, has an excellent short statement on foreclosures.      As much as Newburyport is a desirable place, there are always a small collection of individuals who end up on hard-times.    The present economy has only enlarged … Continue reading

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Preservation Easements sell our homes.

36 North Atkinson Street was an event that signaled a sea change in the way Newburyport handles historic properties. This nautical term, first recorded in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, indicates a great transformation and a new way how things are … Continue reading

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A Voice of Reason in the Wilderness of Public Debate

Politics is the realm of the possible.     Common Sense, Decency, Facts, Reason, Rationalism, Realism and Science have a tough time existing in that environment. It is often one of the deepest misconceptions by ordinary Americans that our local & national … Continue reading

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Thankfulness is based on history.

It is easy to identify the problems that we have in Newburyport.    Problems that are also accompanied by chronic issues such as beach erosion, design review issues, flooding, economic hardships, infrastructure, schools and the waterfront. It is much too easy … Continue reading

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Newburyport’s Art Colony

I am just not an artsy person.      And yet, one of the great things about Newburyport is its local artist community. Further south of us, Rockport was famous for having a significant artists colony back in the early to mid-twentieth … Continue reading

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