Apparently, when government gets involved in trying to do good, it has this wonderful knack of never doing it quite right.
We’ve got a Mayor and a Councilor (Cronin) who have aggressively pushed for fixing our sidewalks.
We’ve got most of the city councilors solidly behind the drive to make our sidewalks do what they are intended to do, means by which pedestrians can travel from A to B without a bypass to C the hospital.
We’ve developed a funding mechanism in which ‘some’ of the money will actually go for sidewalks.
We’ve got a growing number of city councilors who are asking for a serious one-shot debt-exclusion vote to fix them.
A growing number of citizens are excited and hopeful that FINALLY something seriously is going to be done.
This should be a fantastic time to put concrete throughout the City and brick sidewalks within the Newburyport Historic District. The result will be a duplication of the success story that Portsmouth has been enjoying – they did this and the ‘money just keeps rolling in’.
THEY USED IMPROVED INFRASTRUCTURE AND HERITAGE TOURISM AS THEIR DRIVING FORCE.
We’re going to slather concrete over our historic district. Yep! It’s true. If this isn’t bad enough, they are going to put cutesy planting spots and allow for homeowners to decide how it will appear in front of each house. They will bypass tree roots and scoot around what’s left of our historic brick. They will allow a whole host of obstacles to stay in place.
How do I know? Watch carefully Prospect Street from Federal to Lime. THIS WILL BE THE TEST CASE FOR THE REST OF THE CITY.
Apparently, even though we have an MIT Grad as a Planning Director, a highly qualified DPS team in Lafferty/Furnari – we the citizens of Newburyport are going to get what we have been getting since the 1920’s.
A LITTLE HERE AND A LITTLE THERE IN INCONSISTENT AND INTERMITTENT WAYS AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE?
So we can continue the same Newburyport Walk that pedestrians have been doing since the 1920’s. Any visitor will be wise to follow the locals’ lead as they stroll down the middle of our streets as they have done for close to 90 years! This is preferable to getting twisted ankles and skinned knees. Whether school children, parents with baby carriages or just an individual wishing to arrive downtown, the road is the preferred choice. Unfortunately, the Mayor will be joining a long line of municipal leaders who feebly stab at the problem.
Over in Amesbury, they are dividing camp and fighting over this question – ‘will they be considered a city or a town?’
In Newburyport, the same thing is happening – are we a real city or are we pretending to be a city?