Sorry for the long absence from my blog but so much positive actions are going on I’ve no time to blog.
This last Monday, our city council passed the very historic (as in history-making) passing of the Sidewalk Ordinance!
Sure – every candidate crooned and moaned over this issue this last election season; but this council made a concrete step forward that will literally transform our city over the next ten years.
Sadly history tends to be cruel in who is glorified and who will be forgotten. This council will not be spared but the members can console themselves that having happy citizens will be their greatest reward.
I’m known for championing sidewalks and historic preservation; but a lot of my energy (and a lot of volunteers too!) goes to preserving the historic Common Pasture and our vital ecology.
I am presently at the Mass Trail Conference this weekend. Why am I here? Because trails are the greatest way to help Newburyport citizens to learn how important our Common Pasture and our Little River Watershed is to the quality of life in our city.
The Little River Trail System will bring bird watchers, dog walkers, and nature lovers all together to educate and inspire them and show them how important it is to preserve this sensitive area.
The LRTS is not just a path – it has to be sustainable, not damage our wetlands or environment and be accessible to most of us.
And of course, show the value of having this open space rather than developing factories, housing and impervious surfaces (that contribute to flooding).
Which is why I am here!