One of the frustrating things as an historic preservationist is encountering people who often have no understanding as to how precarious our good times are. Often it has been furious battles over the years that has resulted in the beautiful place we have today. The peacefulness of our neighborhoods bely the fact of bloody, vicious hand-to-hand combat to keep our City the envy of the region.
The fact is that this is truly the second greatest time for Newburyport in its long history. The first was from 1765-1810 when we were considered the fifth most important community in the entire young United States of America. Our political influence was heady and our financial and constitutional sway made many of our founding fathers stand up and take notice.
Now according to John Lagoulis who remembers the many other tough times, he thinks we are poised to achieve even greater prominence.
I look forward to seeing The Curse finally lifted and we achieve once again national prominence.
Unfortunately, we have a solid, and thankfully, shrinking group, that are determined to keep us in the doldrums, to strip away our economic well-being and to deprive us of greater opportunities in the future.
Their motivation? For the Dark Side, it’s simple delusion. For others, it’s fear of the unknown. And for some, their ideology is more important than benefiting Newburyport.
Does it matter what their motives are? No, the result will be the same.
Newburyport will be the ‘used-to-be-great’ city. The rest of us won’t realize it for awhile until businesses start leaving, real estate offices close and shops downtown slowly start disappearing. And the rest of us start leaving as our property taxes go up to compensate for the lack of businesses and visitors. Then our property values will start to dip and there won’t be the equity needed to fix up the houses. Then the crumbling infrastructure so visible from the tough times of 1930 to 1970 will begin to reappear in our schools, our downtown and in our City. Then the Common Pasture will disappear as the city and the farms try to stay afloat by selling off land to housing developers. Then comes the crime, the traffic, the lack of water, flooding and the over-crowding…
You’re sure it couldn’t happen here? That’s one I definitely wouldn’t gamble on nor dare anyone to see happen!