Last night, I went to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This city is much larger than Newburyport and is very ‘spread out’. With all its charm, it does not have the unified beauty that our city possesses. My wife and I strolled their ‘waterfront’, Prescott Park. I can see where Tetra Tech Rizzo modelled their waterfront design after. They have a fountain, they have a hot dog stand, they have a stage and they have a garden layout. The garden would look great but if we have a hunckering for flowers, we just head for Hale Park or Atkinson Common to get our fill!
But as for beauty, the main drag for Portsmouth is rather drab – I mean they try but they have placed their State Street which does have the cohesive charm of our architect as a side location! I still can’t figure out how the Common Man lucked out getting their new place on Portsmouth’s prettiest street but they did.
But everywhere I looked, drab buildings or beautiful structures, small homes to lovely mansions, downtown to side streets; there were safe ADA-standard brick sidewalks. I was green with envy.
What we can only dream of, Portsmouth lives with every day. And on a Wednesday, the City was packed (They were having a festival but the vast pedestrian flow was not connected with the event.).
Our city needs to see the consistent sidewalks and it needs the international recognition that Portsmouth possesses. If you look at brochures and writeups about our City, political statements by our Governor and dignitaries; Newburyport is known for granite, cobblestones and most of all, our brick buildings and sidewalks.
It stands to reason that businesses (Yes, you too Starboard Galley), citizens, City Hall and historic homeowners need to embrace the brick-granite ‘thing’ and make it standard policy. They will benefit, the city will benefit and our fame will benefit.