Sometimes we have a few people who try to compare Newburyport to other cities. In Salem, Massachusetts; they have several blocks of massive Federalist mansions along Chestnut Street. Tucked away from the main traffic routes, you have to go out of your way to see it but it is well-worth the visual affect on you. It is very impressive.
We have The Ridge.
Visitors by the time they arrive here have already been awed by the march of mansions along High Street, our Downtown, and by the parade of Federalist buildings inside our little Fruit Street Historic District. By the time they reach The Ridge, the expression on their faces is of holy awe.
Which brings me to the subject of making our brick sidewalks count. Smack dap before some of our most impressive homes on the ridge is either blacktop or ugly concrete sidewalks. And these paths are not even ADA-compliant. The brick sidewalks still intact are up to five to seven feet wide while these modern stains are narrow and would never allow two wheelchairs to pass side-by-side. And we’re better than our 19th century ancestors?
This little stretch from 93 to 83 High would go along way to improve Newburyport’s image by having them replaced with the historic brick. This will really give us bang for the buck.
I encourage the DPS to pave this stretch – it further enhances the value of our heritage tourism, the property values of the homes already on the ridge and adds more ADA-compliant paths for our beleaguered pedestrians to use.