No, I’m not talking abou the unseasonable warm weather we’re having. I am talking about how Newburyport is a shining light upon a hill and the glare is making other communities eyes smart!
I have spoken to people from Gloucester, Haverhill and Salem (MA) recently, and when they speak they almost have this attitude of green envy. They ask me, "So how did you manage to protect your city from thoughtless developers?" When I tell them that Newburyport has no legal protection, they all look amazed.
In contrast, it is most amazing when you hear a local blogger say, "Newburyort is nothing special" and to have the sentiment echoed in so many more statements by clueless citizens of this city.
Well, 2010 is going to be a crucial year. It will be the year the city decides to walk away from its successes or it will decide to embrace and exploit its strengths. What will it be?
Right now, we have a growing tidal wave of preservation efforts coming from expanding the Local Historic District Ordinance, establishing Newburyport as a National Historic Landmark and preserving further the historic Common Pasture. We have organizations that are in place that are dedicated to seeing these actions taken. Granted, everyone of them is weak and need to be much stronger than they are now. Hopefully, we shall see a gathering wave of support this coming year. We can not afford the tide to ebb away!