Right now, there is no clear message that you are entering the Newburyport Historic District from the south. You drive from the Route 1 traffic circle and pass the Bank of Ipswich and then you enter.
In addition to signage, we need clear indications that a change has been made. People’s attitudes need to be changed. These houses should be treated differently than ones that are outside the district. The maintenance, the renovations and the general standards should be different.
What we need is for most of the sidewalks within the Newburyport Historic District to be made of brick, lined with granite curbing and ADA-compliant and consistent throughout.
Only through this means can we begin to install a different attitude toward our precious historic assets. the message should be clear, “Things are different here.”
It should be our goal to have a consistency – brick inside the district, concrete on the outside.
A simple urban planning statement that will lift our already regional prominence ever higher.