Category Archives: Restoration

Improving sidewalks is a cheap way to boost equity and property values!

The IRS has actually codified this jump in values.    They have found that improving the public sidewalk that runs adjacent to a homeowner’s property will boost the appraised value of the private property.       They also found that installing historic brick … Continue reading

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It is the symbol of our city.

It has been the story of our city since the tragic fire of 1811, which by the way, was just the first of life-changing conflagrations that either steered the city into a new direction or killed a dream; or caused … Continue reading

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Newburyport Returns to the Sea

As pretty as our city is, and our harbor packed with pleasure boats shine like a fine china on display; our harbor is regrettably still naked! It’s like a tuxedoed man with pressed shirt, creased coat and a fresh shave … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

I have brought many a visitor to Newburyport to the top of the Old South Steeple and it does not fail that after seeing the sweeping view of our historic city (the Old South Steeple is the best view in town), … 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 is time to reveal the bigger issue behind the sidewalks

In my previous post, I let you know that last Monday will be noted as quite an historic moment – the introduction of enforceable standards for sidewalks.     If all goes well, by the end of Fall, we’ll have it passed … 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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