Selective Memory

Ralph Ayers, competing in the arena of old memories against the likes of Joe Callahan and John Lagoulis, has decided rather to wade into local politics.     Unfortunately, it seems that he has decided to leave out the historical details and go for simplistic conclusions.     A lot has happened over the years and to just echo the current NRA chair is not doing us any good.       We’ve had competing mayors each with her/his own agenda, we’ve had lawsuits that have literally shaped the appearance of the central waterfront and in many cases stopped any development in its tracks.     We’ve had public outcries against the incessant desire to replace the old with the ‘newest thing’.     And let’s not exclude all the interesting characters who have marched through the passage of time.

He states,

“No one that I know of, except me, bothered to examine the original paperwork in the Urban Renewal concept that states development, not dirt parking lots.”

Obviously, he can’t recall the petition that I just posted.        

THE ORIGINAL URBAN RENEWAL CONCEPT WAS TO TEAR DOWN THE DOWNTOWN BUILDINGS AND PUT UP A SHOPPING CENTER AND STRIP MALLS!

Does he actually believe that sort of ‘development’ is what the citizens of Newburyport want?

I advise him that if he wants to do any service by his editorials, he hustle down to the archive room and bone up on lost memories!

-P. Preservationist
www.ppreservationist.com

PS. Everyone is entitled to their opinions in the American marketplace of ideas – so as to his main point on the central waterfront – I’ve said enough on that subject.    I’ll let him be!

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