Category Archives: Local Historic Districts (LHD)

On the Issue of Historic Preservation

Several years ago, the local historic district ordinance was a hotly debated topic.      Tempers flared and much acrimony was spread about dividing the community.      Historic preservationists warned that if no protections were put in place; the … Continue reading

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The 800 Pound Gorilla is back!

“Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names” -John F. Kennedy Obviously, after looking at the political line-up for the upcoming city council races; a group of candidates think the Central Waterfront is going to be the deciding issue. I … Continue reading

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It’s just the beginning

  It was great to see the signage go up around the borders of the Newburyport Historic District and to witness the ceremony of the official unveiling of them last Tuesday (May the 12th).     And the Master of Ceremonies repeated … Continue reading

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Insufficient Signage

What would happen if one day you woke up in your comfortable house, looked outside and found out that overnight, the area around your home had been designated a national park!      No one told you; I mean you saw the pristine … Continue reading

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You’ve made your bed – now lie in it!

I am utterly astounded at the property-rights fanatics – they constantly demanded that the property owner has a right to do what he wants with his property. But now they don’t like it. Tropic Star Development is working with the … Continue reading

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The ZBA Proves Eigerman’s Point

My first impulse was to label this post, “The ZBA okays the Disneyfication of Newburyport”, or “Zoning okays the destruction of the Newburyport Historic District” ; but in truth the ZBA did a big favor last night. Jamie Pennington, always … Continue reading

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A National Register Primer

A mailer has been sent out by the city concerning the public hearing on Wednesday.     To the average citizen who knows nothing about the Newburyport Historic District, it probably came as a surprise to see a diagram outlining a huge … Continue reading

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