WE’VE GOT MONEY TO BURN ON SIDEWALKS NOW AND IRRESPONSIBLE PEOPLE DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO BUT SPLURGE IT ALL!
What happens when you give huge sums of money to someone who has never had it before?
It often ruins their lives at the least and often, they splurge it foolishly until they are back in debt again.
When I was in college, a fellow student received several hundreds of thousands of dollars from a deceased uncle. Within a year, he was $10,000 in debt and had to drop out of college.
In fact, due to the proliferation of state lotteries and Powerball, this inability to handle such a massive influx has become a noted ‘condition’ forcing states to send financial counselors to ‘winners’ before they become ‘losers’.
Newburyport needs some responsible financial advisers, and fast!
The Newburyport Historic District is our ticket for prosperity. It keeps our property values stable and strong – with a potential harnessing of equity for home improvements. Feeding off of all that is the local municipal government – strong property values means a steady and strong tax flow.
But instead, the slapstick way of doing hither and thither on sidewalk repairs which is what the City has been doing for a 100 years will now become institutionalized. Instead of a sensible, property-value enhancing program of good solid sidewalks – concrete outside of the historic district and brick inside the historic district (that Portsmouth has enacted and is producing huge results in increased visitors and raised property values.) we have a mish-mash depending on the custom designed wishes of the abutter homeowner. “I like blacktop” says one, “give me concrete” says another, “give me some large sections cut out for my personal garden” – “hey, I think historic brick is nice”…and another – “I love the cobblestone look!”
The public is crying for good sidewalks and has been crying for them for a long time. So what has changed? The City has cash to burn.
Instead of sitting down and having a comprehensive plan set out by the Planning Office, matched by input from the city councilors and adjusted by public hearings; it’s like a money-soaked tycoon splurging at the casino.
To improve our property values, historic brick should be expanded in the city – but instead we’re wasting money on bland concrete sidewalks WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE RIPPED UP LATE AND REPLACED BY THE HISTORIC BRICK MATERIAL. ALL THAT COBBLESTONE THAT VIOLATES ADA-GUIDELINES WILL HAVE TO BE REMOVED – ALL THAT BLACKTOP TORN UP.
Amesbury, in case you are a new arrival, was a scary disaster, but they put brick throughout their Downtown and it transformed their city. And they had much opposition from locals even though the State paid for most of it. People never seem to learn! Byron Matthews put historic brick in our Downtown against much opposition and it has transformed our City.
IF WE ARE TO GUARANTEE MORE PROPERTY VALUE AND MORE EQUITY AND A STRONGER CITY, WE NEED TO PUT IN BRICK SIDEWALKS!!!!!
We as taxpayers need to stop the splurging and we need public hearings and a concerted plan from the Planning Office (That is what they are supposed to do!)
STOP WASTING MONEY!