Local Historic District: Protecting Our Diversity

Some citizens are afraid of the local historic district expansion because it will increase property values and make it more expensive to live in Newburyport – unfortunately, their negative vote will guarantee their fears happening.

It has to do with human nature – people of like values like to ‘hang’ with each other.      In the last twenty years or so, I have seen a steady stream of Newburyporters move into New Hampshire.       Some say because it’s cheaper up there. (Wrong, property taxes are higher there!)     It’s more to do with the cultural change in our city.

We are being slowly populated with more higher-educated, culturally-affluent people with stable families and many with good-incomes.       The oldies who lived in tough, hard-scrabble Newburyport don’t mix with this new crowd.    How can you have a beer, talk sports and local politics with someone who’s got their face in the Financial Times and staring at their stock portfolio on their laptop?

And this process is continuing today.     And these newcomers are going to want to hang around with people of like-mind and, causing more impact, of like income.

They aren’t going to want to hang around someone who lives in this.

Or talk up a big one with someone who lives in this.

And the feeling will be likewise.    Those of old Newburyport are going to want to increasingly move out especially when these newcomers dangle ‘cash’ before their eyes.

As the newcomers move in, the ‘big houses’ will be bought up, leaving the little houses.    They will want to tear down these little houses so they can live expansively according to what they are accustomed.

AND THE PRESSURE TO TEAR THEM DOWN OR MOVE THEM OR ENLARGE THEM GROSSLY WILL BEGIN TO BUILD.

What better way to ‘up’ the value by getting rid of these little houses for a ‘big’ house?

Picture it – an upper income person living next to another upper income person, street after street –

and the question will soon be heard..where do the lower and middle class get to live?

If the local historic district covers our Newburyport Historic District or at least a large portion, this gentrification process will be stopped allowing us to have a diverse and rich community.

Even today, on my street – I have a millionaire across from Poor Preservationist, renters diagonally from my house, single mothers and their children to the left and right and neighbors with varying incomes all happily co-mingling and enjoying our special street.      And this is repeated all over the Newburyport Historic District.

IT WOULD BE A TRAVESTY TO LOSE IT.

Be sure to support the expansion of the local historic district.

-P. Preservationist
www.ppreservationist.com

* Recent article in the Daily News indicated by Newburyport Development that $90,000 is the average income in the City.    According to the U.S. Census: (A bushel-full of millionaires artificially jacks up the percentages.)

Median household income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars)

76,148

Median family income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars)

109,880

Per capita income (in 2009 inflation-adjusted dollars)

44,639

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About P. Preservationist

Dedicated to the Enrichment & Preservation of Newburyport
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