I was thinking about Byron Matthews and John Moak and realized that these two people reflect what I would like to see in Newburyport. All I am asking from business leaders, city hall politicians and citizens that when they are confronted with historic preservation data and statistical information they will embrace it without regret.
The economic benefit of historic preservation is well-documented and historically confirmed.
If your heart is in the right place and you do wish to do the best for the city, the best thing is to shy away from your own bias and preconceived ideas and keep an open mind especially when the facts are pointing out the right way.
I even saw Bill Plante (Mr. Defend-NAID) recognizing in today’s editorial the economic benefit of our historic downtown.
We need more to embrace the clear path of historic preservation and discard outmoded ways of economic planning.
The path we should all take is very clear before us.