Putting it all together

As we approach the subcommittee hearing on October 25th, I wanted to assemble the benefits and facts in support of the local historic district ordinance.     I hate repeating myself so this will be a nice compilation of my previous posts on the subject.

One of the most successful things that anti-historic preservationists have done is to re-frame the argument.        Yes, they lied and spread misinformation but in the end, it drove home their aim:     This is all about property rights.

It is not – it is about guaranteeing our great community stays a great community.      It has taken since the early 60’s to get Newburyport to the point of regional envy.    People want to live, people have wanted to move here and best of all, they have actually done so and in increasing numbers.      That’s is because the years of hard work has produced a place where quality of life is a fact, not a goal.      Unfortunately, as so many other towns and cities have found out, once you’ve ‘arrived’, a whole lot of unscrupulous people want to exploit it for their own benefit.

Thus, the primary purpose of the local historic district ordinance is to protect.    As I have indicated, the true goal is, “PROTECT YOUR HOUSE, PROTECT NEWBURYPORT”.   

LHD is a local issue.     https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/lhd-is-a-local-issue/

The main goal is to protect property.  https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/the-main-goal-of-an-lhd-is-to-protect-property/

LHD’s sell your home. https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/lhds-sell-your-home/

LHD’s will protect Newburyport.  https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2009/12/19/lhd-will-protect-newburyport/

Understanding the fundamentals of property value.   https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/understanding-the-fundamentals/

It prevents inappropriate development in the historic district.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/take-your-blinders-off/

Property rights support the need for a local historic district.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/property-rights-historic-preservationthe-truth/

Historical and Statistical Support.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/historical-statistical-support/

How the idea of a local historic district got started.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/how-it-all-started/

LHD’s help keep our tax rates stable.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/one-wont-work-without-the-other/

LHD’s prevent deprivation from developers.     https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/theyre-coming/

Historic Preservation created the Newburyport of today.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/dont-take-it-for-granted/

LHD’s become the economic engine for the entire city.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/04/04/no-skin-in-the-game/

The opposition has nothing to stand upon.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/a-surprising-similarity/

A summary of everything.    https://brickandtree.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/taking-a-moment-to-review/

-P. Preservationist

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One Response to Putting it all together

  1. Very nice “Greatest Hits” summary!! I’ve had the Mayor of our city tell me that she didn’t want to re-activate our Historic Preservation Committee due to fear of infringing on owner’s property rights presently or in the future. This was the most saddening statement to me and a key indicator that it’s time to move. Consultants have said on many occasions that our city may be only able to withstand 15 years before it loses most of its historically significant structures.

    Not my hometown, but nonetheless not something I want to see. It has already and will further become yet another “placeless” face in the crowd and will struggle to attract people from outside in.

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