Monthly Archives: February 2012

The New Signage Ordinance for the Downtown

People who are anti-LHD keep stating that there is no need for historic preservation protections and the City has done just fine without it.        Unfortunately, this statement is made from ignorance.    One of the tremendous benefits from having a local … Continue reading

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Making Cathy’s Country Kitchen the ‘Fall Guy’

Newburyport Development is setting up Cathy’s Kitchen to fail.       As Dyke Hendrickson in his editorial today indicated it is quite noticeable how ND likes to treat properties they would rather not have around.   The miserable state of the stretch of … Continue reading

Posted in Art & Culture, Businesses, Demolitions, Developers, Downtown, Health and wellness, Heritage Tourism, Historic Demolitions, History, Local Historic Districts (LHD), Organizations, Preservation, Preservation History, Real Estate, Restoration | 1 Comment


I have been incredulous at the statements made by the anti-LHD movement.       Speaking out of both sides of their mouth, they claim they appreciate and love historic preservation but they don’t want any protections put into place.     Let me give … Continue reading

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CPA Project List for 2012

There are $449,000 available for projects this year.         As you can see from the list below, the Community Preservation Committee has a challenge ahead.   Now if logic were to prevail, it might be just achievable, but there is a lot … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Conservation, CPA, CPC, Environment, finances, News and politics, Open Space, Organizations, Parks, Planning, Preservation, Recreation, Tourism, Trees | Leave a comment

Nobody’s fault but my own

If you are wondering if someone sabotaged, the answer is technically no.        The saboteur is typing this post this very moment. Since I have to run off to work, It will be fixed accordingly by tonight. Most of the … Continue reading

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Some Badly Needed Updates

I’ve been sick this last week.      Considering how many others have been sick about the area, that’s nothing unique.       Some people actually believe I do this blog and site for a living.   They confuse several years of accumulated research for … Continue reading

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It’s too funny!

Now you all know that I am not getting upset or concerned about MassDevelopment and the NRA.       Nothing’s going to happen until the parking garage goes in.  And nothing is going to happen regardless of anyone’s plans until the soil … Continue reading

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NHC: Newburyport Historic District

You’ve come to Newburyport, fell in love with the place as so many others have done, and found a perfect home inside the historic district.    After checking on the website,, you discover your house is a contributing resource in … Continue reading

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A Brave New World?

It was an interesting choice of wording by Dyke Hendrickson in the article about Newburyport Development’s plans for Fowle’s News.      It is commonly been used in the past as an element of irony showing a future that is quite not … Continue reading

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Normally, if you see that on a cake, your mouth begins to water.      Unfortunately, if you see the same kind of thing on the brick sidewalk in front of your house; you can respond with a moan. Salt tends to … Continue reading

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