Category Archives: Craftsmen

Tunnels: Part V – Transporting the ‘Product’

As indicated in previous posts on the tunnels, molasses was “black gold” to the early economy of Newburyport.    Though international trade and ship building was also important, it was the distilling of sugar into rum that was the foundation for Newburyport’s … Continue reading

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Historicity is a money-maker!!!!

“People come to Newburyport to be attracted by the historicity of the community… we want to continue that.” -Dick Sullivan, Sr, June 18, 2007, Renovators had rules to follow when rebuilding, Newburyport Daily News. I hate to be crude about … Continue reading

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One more thing to stop the damage.

Tonight the primary thrust of the Committee of the Whole and the Planning board will be to tighten the building inspector’s record keeping and due diligence.      Just one more attempt to try to stop the boom town ‘slap-anything-together-and-sell-it-at-inflated prices’ that … Continue reading

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Old is the new green

Our historically-preserved neighborhoods are the gateway for us to be a truly sustainable, zero-output community.       So I won’t be accused of plagiarism, recently Architecture Boston, which is a cutting-edge trade-magazine for the construction industry  (not meant for us plebeians), in … Continue reading

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It’s not easy being ‘green’ but it could be easy being green

Is that title confusing you?     In other words, you can make it hard to achieve a green community or you can make it easy – it’s all in your attitude. The purpose of the present Green Building Movement is to … Continue reading

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We need to throw off our hypocrisy (Starting in the Building Department)

When the  Green Community Act was embraced here in Newburyport; it meant that we, as a city would begin to become “Green”.        This is not some light-hearted affair sticking a solar panel there, and an electric charging station here; it … Continue reading

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Caught! With the hand in the cookie jar!

Our present four-year mayor has done a lot of good things for the city and has been frankly fearless in efforts to better it.     Donna “Bulldozer” Holaday has truly outdone old Byron  in relentless improvements (Whether we wanted them or … Continue reading

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