Listen – I understand. You were intimidated, lied to and scared into being against the LHD. If someone ran up to you and screamed to get out of your house because it’s on fire; you grab your coat, grab the children and pets and clear out as fast as you can hoping your neighbors have already called the fire department.
But I bet you would be pretty mad when you find out it was an April Fool’s Joke!
So now, as you watched the videos, read the documents and, I might add, the history and stats on the whole concept of a local historic district ordinance; you slowly realize something.
YOU LIVE IN NEWBURYPORT!
That’s right – just take a deep breath, look around and notice that you live in one of the most beautiful cities in New England (if not the most beautiful)*. All because of historic preservation!
DON’T YOU WANT TO KEEP IT THAT WAY?
If you hear someone from Salisbury carping over the LHD – I invite you to drive up and down the streets just east of Salisbury Beach. After you have been thoroughly horrified – you can stop hyperventilating and cross back over the Gillis Bridge.
MY SOLUTION? Take down the ghastly sign outside your house and if you would be so kind – replace it with an Historic Yes Sign. Put your name on the online petition so I can add you to the Champions of Historic Preservation – and let’s protect the good we have here!
And for those who have courageously signed up already – A BIG THANK YOU. We plan on printing out in large format so history won’t miss your name! And I might add, we are only 23 names away from having 400 – that was a whole lot more people, who back in the late sixties, signed their Champions of Historic Preservation Petition that saved our Downtown.
* I just went to a big statewide shindig last night – Good Grief! My suggestion is if you get invited outside of town DON’T TELL THEM YOU’RE FROM NEWBURYPORT – No longer do they talk about themselves or on the topic of the night – it’s about how beautiful Newburyport is and what wonderful things they love about it. It’s like a broken record!