Category Archives: Renovation

Pick a Trail; Any Trail!!!!! June 25th

The slick cardsman pulls out the deck, spreads out your choices and you are confronted with 52 possible cards!     Well, when it comes to the Little River Trail System that covers the historic upper Common Pasture; we have whittled it down to … Continue reading

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Announcing a new website and a new direction

I am officially unveiling a new organization: The John Bromfield Society. The problem with Newburyport with a population of less than 18,000 is its host of organizations; most which simply won’t talk to each other or work with each other.          Fortunately, … 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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Shining Lights

There has been such an onslaught against the Newburyport Historic District; that it may seem to many of us trying to save our neighborhoods to be tempted to cry out as Elijah did in the Old Testament, ” [we] alone am … Continue reading

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A City cut adrift

Tonight, the First Friday Friends Social event at the Custom House; will be dedicated to, of all things, signage. Signs are important.    Years ago, stop signs were a rarity in the Commonwealth.     At one time, Massachusetts had an archaic  law on the … Continue reading

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The Perfect Community

So let’s stop the pretense and just do it.       Of course, we’ll save the Downtown area with its Federal buildings and history for the tourists; but the rest of the Newburyport Historic District?     Just level it. Think of the possibilities!      … Continue reading

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The Cart before the Horse

So while I have been carrying on intellectually trying to explain how our City makes money; apparently Tom Ryan’s term, “Cannibal City” has become more and more an accurate label.       We’re not just devouring the very thing that has made … Continue reading

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