The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.
Winston Churchill also said, “A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” We seem to have a small minority in our city who, after being told the truth simply can not change from their silly notions of ‘sacred property rights” Unshakable and single minded, they simply blink and repeat the lies all over again.
If we had sacred property rights, then the city would not have zoning for it violates their idea of ‘sacredness’. We would have a rather bored, building inspector who could not tell them how to build or maintain their houses!
To understand how ridiculous their claim is all I need to do is point to Anton Becker who lives on Hancock Street. He spoke at the Public Hearing about the dangers of an indifferent neighbor who could care less about historic preservation or preserving the feel and streetscape of their neighborhood. Unfortunately, a lot of people in the audience did not understand his background and experience.
He lived in an historic part of the city and the house next to him was historical. An out of town developer bought the house next door, gutted the house and then decided to tear it down – of course the city imposed a demo delay. And he simply let the windows open to the elements so the house could rot. Imagine this building next to you for an entire year! Then the developer tore down the house and put a massive ‘replacement’ in its place. Anton understood the need for a local historic district before this happened but now he really feels the need.
YOUR PROPERTY RIGHTS GO JUST SO FAR AS LONG AS YOU DON’T IMPACT OTHER PEOPLE’S PROPERTY RIGHTS.
If we let these fanatics have their way, we will lose Newburyport and gain a Seabrook!
The purpose of a local historic district is to protect the rights of each homeowner by protecting the streetscape and our historic neighborhoods for everyone’s benefit.