I unfortunately have been kept an arms length by the historic preservation community for many years. It’s because I feel very passionate about historic preservation. While others want to isolate it into some academic circle and philosophize upon it, I want to make it a practical lifestyle, affecting our community infrastructure and directing our energies for everyone’s benefit. It should course through our properties and set the tempo for community quality of life and for a general economic benefit. It won’t work in Burlington and Danvers but it is our very lifeblood in Newburyport.
Unfortunately, most historic preservationists tend to consist of Doug Locys, all soft-spoken, civil, compassionate and reasonable and just plain nice to be around. It makes them uncomfortable to be seen in a bar brawl and getting them to jump up and down is simply not something they are comfortable doing.
Well, in the Midwest, they have a saying, “Getting the fire in your belly”. According to the Free Dictionary (www.thefreedictionary.com); if you have fire in your belly, you are ready to fight with energy and determination for what you believe is right, It can often be used in a sentence, “He will approach the committee with plenty of fire in his belly.”
It is often ascribed to a politician or a preacher who radiates with fervor and passion and that gets everyone motivated to take action.
All these anti-historic preservation banners celebrating the glories of self-indulgence is getting people burning up inside. They are flocking to the online petition and many who would never put a sign or a sticker on their cars are grabbing them now.
Some city councilors are trying to figure out how to put the genie back in the bottle and calm everyone down but they can forget it. Passions have been aroused and minds are contemplating the consequence if we turn our backs on our future.
It’s a great opportunity to learn more of our history and of preservation techniques. It’s a great opportunity to learn and I am excited that it is no longer just a tiny minority ‘keeping the faith’.
With fire in our belly’s, we are ready to fight for our community’s well-being.