Category Archives: Streetscape

Just take a look!

There are two arguments against the garage that postulate the following:    The garage is going to be built in a residential neighborhood and the garage location will severely affect the issue of traffic.         Most citizens … Continue reading

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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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Libertarians – Say it ain’t so!

The excuse for last night’s shenanigans came right from the Mayor’s mouth that a ‘few’ homeowners have been caught under this ordinance and they just ‘can’t’ swing improving the city’s sidewalks as they do ‘moderate improvements’. Supposedly, a $100,000 is … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Heritage Tourism, News and politics, Preservation, Quality of Life, sidewalks, Streetscape, Streetscapes, Taxes, Zoning | 1 Comment

Check out Ipswich’s Garage!

Ipswich just south of us is not a big town (except geographically) but it may surprise you they have a parking garage that is close to the size the city is looking to install.     When you go to the train … Continue reading

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Another chance to stop the gentrification!

The new modus operandi of the current Zoning Board of Appeals is very similar to the modus operandi of the past Zoning Board of Appeals: basically, if the applicant is too hot to handle, continue it until the abutters and … Continue reading

Posted in Affordable Housing, Architecture, Art & Culture, Demolitions, Education, Health and wellness, Heritage Tourism, History, Preservation, Quality of Life, Streetscape | 1 Comment

Let’s do it right!

Back when the downtown was being restored, Inn Street was supposed to have a light structure lining the east side of the street that would not take away from the historic Federal-style architecture.     The problem was that a steel strike … Continue reading

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Resist being manipulated

Tis the season for Christmas and Hanukkah and general holiday cheer; spent with family and friends.       And in our classic ‘Dickens’ setting downtown and our lovely historic neighborhoods; the last thing we want to hear or see is more politics … Continue reading

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