Monthly Archives: May 2012

Doesn’t make sense

“The status quo is the only solution that cannot be vetoed.” – Clark Kerr,  (1911-2003) American professor of economics and academic administrator. Maybe I’m reading too much into this Storey Avenue re-zoning issue but what I am seeing is a … Continue reading

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Citywide Wetlands Protection Ordinance

As Councilor Sullivan noted last night, there are streams (and I might add wetlands) running throughout the City.     Heck, Newburyport is practically surrounded by water. Our Common Pasture is a wet meadow, then there are the marshlands in and about … Continue reading

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NHC: Special Streetscape Considerations (Part II)

In my previous post, I dealt with the general definition when dealing with Streetscapes.     Contrary to some who feel they themselves and their neighbor has the perfect right to do what he/she wants without regard to abutters (i.e. neighbors); in … Continue reading

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NHC: The House in its Setting

The appearance of any house is strongly affected by its setting.   How does the house fit on the land-does it look comfortable and sheltered or just ‘dropped on the lot’?    What do the houses next to it look like?     Do … Continue reading

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A Deeply Respectful ‘Thank You’

Every time I see another name added on the Champions of Historic Preservation page,   I am deeply and respectfully awed.       I sometimes worry that Newburyport is rapidly filling up with shallow, coffee-shop-dwelling Children of the Now who have absolutely no … Continue reading

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Hidden History!

Just a few years ago, a fantastic discovery was made in Guatemala.      A tall hill rises out of the jungle floor in the middle of a valley in the north part of this small country.       It was often a convenient spot … Continue reading

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Newburyport has awakened!

Well, I hate to say it but I’ve got to, “It’s about time!”         I love the fact that our citizens have come out of their coma and are actively participating in the political process. Our city is beset with many … Continue reading

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