Crocodile Smile!

Smiling CrocodileHow doth the little crocodile

Improve his shining tail…
How cheerfully he seems to grin,

How neatly spreads his claws,

And welcomes little fishes in

With gently smiling jaws!

-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Tom Ryan was wrong – this is not Cannibal City.       It’s a metropolis of full-blown masochists!

They’re not eating each other – they’re too busy devouring their own futures!

It has been bad enough recently to see our historical homes being demolished in the Newburyport Historic District.      It is even worse to see the indifference from the community.

“What does it matter”, they quip.     A faux-historic house will simply be put in its place.

I have been most disturbed by abutters who have been approached by smiling contractors and developers, who, after explaining with lovely pictures what new building will replace the sorry-looking historic house; the neighbors exclaim, “Why sure, what a nice addition to the street”.

What they don’t realize, they have just hurt themselves financially.

You see, when a new (and to satisfy code, larger) house is put on their street, the re-sale value far exceeds a renovation of the historical building.     This means a huge jump in the assessed value of the home and then, when tax-levy time comes; the average tax rate for the buildings on that street increases – substantially raising their personal property taxes!

In the end, as everyone is busily thinking they have the welfare of their street in mind, they might as well chew off one of their arms.        If abutters in the Newburyport Historic District continue the trend of agreeing to allow these developers to continue the destruction; they might start looking in the yellow pages (that dates me) or the Internet for a moving company – for eventually,the expense of living here will become unbearable as the average home on a street begins to reach over the million dollar mark.Smiling Crocodile

The solution!      Next time one of these smiling crocodiles comes to your door, tell him you are against the demolition of the historical house.     Then follow it up by sending a letter to the Historical Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals and then doubly reinforce it by showing up.

If you want to stay in your house for years to come and enjoy the fine quality of life that Newburyport provides, the abutters need to stop these “destroyers” in their tracks!

-P. Preservationist

She sailed away on a warm sunny day
         On the back of a crocodile
   “You see,” said she, “he’s as tame as can be.
            I’ll ride him down the Nile.”

           The croc winked his eye as she bade them good-bye,
            She wearing a big, happy smile.
            At the end of the ride, she was inside,
            And the smile was on the crocodile.
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