The hearing for the demolition permit for 30-32 Marlboro Street is at the Newburyport Historical Commission meeting Thursday, August 17th at 7:30 PM in the City Council Chambers.
Public comments are welcomed.
The hearing for the demolition permit for 30-32 Marlboro Street is at the Newburyport Historical Commission meeting Thursday, August 17th at 7:30 PM in the City Council Chambers.
Public comments are welcomed.
One of the things that has happened being the editor of the Newburyport Political Blog is that all sorts of people call me and email me. It is often folks who feel as if no one is listening to them, and for some reason people feel that they have a chance of being heard by the editor of the Newburyport Political Blog.
And I get calls and emails from “seniors.” And usually those calls just about break my heart. The seniors so desperately want a Senior Center and feel that nobody is listening and nobody cares about what is important to them. That the process has been going on for so long, that the prospect of a Senior Center often seems remote.
I think that the Council on Aging and its director Rosanne Robillard do an unbelievable job. And if I should be lucky to live so long, I sure will need them and I sure would like a Senior Center.
I was heartened that Mayor John Moak is taking a good long look at Cushing Park for a potential site for the Senior Center (Newburyport Daily News, July 6, 2006.) I realize that there is opposition from the neighbors, but I am proud of our Mayor that he is paying attention to what our seniors are saying.
It is my opinion that as a society we so often focus on a “Paris Hilton culture” and the people who serve as the foundation of our society and who have the experience and wisdom we so often need, are dismissed and marginalized instead of being honored and appreciated.
As I understand it, most of our seniors feel that Cushing Park would be a good location for a Senior Center. And whether the site works out or not, I applaud our Mayor for trying.
(Editor’s note: Cashman Park is along the Waterfront. Cushing Park is off Kent Street.)
The following is an editorial in the Newburyport Current, Friday, August 11, 2006
“The city lost a top-notch employee last week. City Planner Julie LaBranche announced that she will, only a year into the job, leave in early September for a position on the Strafford Regional Planning Commission.
The official reason: LaBranche wanted to grow professionally.
Unfortunately, there also appear to be far more serious reasons behind her resignation. LaBranche spoke this week of not being invited to meetings between Mayor John Moak and developers, fundamental disagreements with the building commissioner, and the administration’s apparent lack of trust in her expertise.
Several members of the Planning Board - some who normally do not openly criticize the mayor - called the atmosphere “abusive” and “hostile.”
LaBranche was hired last summer and quickly gained the respect of boards and commission members who now describe her technical assistance and expertise in land use laws and low-impact development as invaluable. The city, they said, struck gold when she was hired a year ago.
LaBranche’s resignation shows the complete disconnect between the mayor and the planning office. Moak has, of course, every right to meet with whoever he wants, but to let some developers use the mayor’s office as their Wailing Wall shows a lack of respect for the city planner. Ever since Moak decided to replace former Planning Director Nick Cracknell, it has been clear that the mayor does not whole-heartedly support goals in the master plan such as design review.
It is, thus, no surprise that in Moak’s City Hall there is no room for LaBranche, who embraced the same document with its emphasis on Smart Growth and historic preservation.
The question is, and has been for nearly eight months: What is Moak’s vision for the city of Newburyport?
Now, when he is preparing to hire a new city planner with his appointee for planning director, Chris Ryan, he needs to get specific about long-term goals, beyond customer service and solid management. City planning is, needless to say, more than shuffling papers.
Poor decisions and development at any price can destroy a historic city like Newburyport. If the mayor does not realize it, let’s hope the new planning director does.
And to the detriment of Newburyport, LaBranche will have no say in it.”
I came across a really interesting article on the Web talking about what’s happening when developers turn away from “suburban sprawl” to urban areas and create “vertical sprawl,” new buzz word for me. We are not alone by any means in our fight against inappropriate infill. And I am reassured by this.
These quotes are from an article in The New York Times, Week In Review, August 6, 2006, “Cities Grow Up, and Some See Sprawl” by Nicholas Confessore. The subject is “vertical sprawl” or what we in Newburyport, MA are dealing with and would call inappropriate “infill.”
“We want to protect these places from being taken over by infill and driving out working-class people.”
“…in working-class urban communities, it means displacement and gentrification, often by redevelopment…”
“…high-density infill projects are too often tilted toward affluent buyers, which forces lower-income families out…”
“…vertical sprawl can differ from the suburban kind in the particulars, the general issues are remarkably consistent: traffic, parking and the cost of supporting new projects with schools, water and other municipal services.”
“..the battles over vertical sprawl tend to pit neighborhood associations against wealthy developers and builder-friendly politicians.”
(Infill) “…a stalking horse for developers…”
Well, it seems as if the last couple of posts have hit a nerve and not just in Newburyport, MA.
In response to my “under whelmedness” post concerning the Mayor’s pick for Newburyport’s Planning Director, I got an anonymous email from someone who does not know Christopher Ryan and does not “currently work in MA.”
If I had had the “mood watch” checked on my email, it would have given me a 3 hot red pepper warning. Two hot red peppers is “probably offensive” and three is “on fire.”
One angry human being. “Like it or not, it is a well accepted role and responsibility of planners to find common ground between the desires of developers and the needs of a community. Get used to it.”
I rather like Audrey McCarthy’s quote in the Daily News Article, “Planning Head’s Appointment in Limbo,” by Stephanie Chelf, August 9, 2006:
“Councilor Audrey McCarthy said she is willing to support Ryan’s teaching job because it is temporary, but is still undecided on whether to support the appointment.
‘A lot of it has to do with uniqueness of Newburyport’s history - we’re on a fine line of overdevelopment,’ McCarthy said. ‘That’s what I’m hearing from constituents; they want someone who values historic preservation, there is no compromise there.’ ”
Thank you Audrey McCarthy, I couldn’t have said it better myself.
In earlier posts on the search for Newburyport’s Planning Director, there was a certain note of hope in this blogger’s blogging, a sense that someone competent would be a relief.
The tone of this blogger has changed since the early news hit that Mayor John Moak had found a possible appointee.
Now why would that be?
Three things (which have nothing to do with the appointee at all.)
One is the resignation of Julie LaBranche. Ms LaBranche has been described as “intelligent, knowledgeable, generous, professional, hardworking, talented” to just downright “great.” Certainly I have found her to be extremely bright, conscientious, personable and she appears to me to go out of her way to be accommodating.
One would think that those at City Hall would be proud to have a person such as Julie LaBranche in Newburyport’s Planning Office.
The word on the street, however, is that Ms LaBranche has been treated badly, with disrespect, intimidation and ire. The sources are so various and consistent that one cannot help but think they are most probably true.
I can actually see where people might have had a personality clash with Nick Cracknell, strong personality that he is. But Julie LaBranche? This baffles me. How one could treat Ms LaBranche with anything but courtesy is beyond this blogger’s understanding.
It almost feels as if there were people that went out of their way to make Ms LaBranche’s life so unpleasant that she would leave her job as City Planner. I am not pleased.
This also leaves a Planning Office in complete disarray. Not even superman could bring this mess up to speed in any kind of timely fashion.
The second is the confirmation that yes, John Moak’s philosophy appears to be that development, good, bad or indifferent, is so important to the tax base and the overall economy, that things like historic preservation, smart growth, community preservation, open space seem to be only vaguely on the radar, if in fact they are on the radar at all.
All of this coincides with the emergence of yet another developer, Mr. Minot Frye from Wenham, MA, who apparently intends to demolish the federalist house at 11-13 Ship Street and put up two condominiums. This is a developer from out of town, with apparently deep pockets, and deep connections, who has his sights on Newburyport, Massachusetts and does not have the City’s best interest at heart in anyway shape or form. Apparently this gentleman has the attitude of “I own it, and I’ll do anything with it that I please.” This does not work for me.
Blogging gloom is so unfortunate. And this blogger is trying to figure out what in the world she will do.
Proposed Planning Director for Newburyport, MA, for a meet and greet, Christopher Ryan.
I don’t know, I’m singularly under whelmed.
What I’d like to hear is someone who wants to protect Newburyport’s historic character, charm and beauty. I’m hearing vague references to historic preservation, nothing with any teeth to it.
I’d like to hear that Mr. Ryan has already studied the Newburyport Master Plan backwards and forwards and is looking forward to its further implementation. (I’m not hearing that. I could be just down right “catty” and say what I’ve heard is that Mr. Ryan has gotten around to downloading it.)
I’d like to be hearing that Mr. Ryan as Planning Director is ready to drive out “bad apple” developers out of town and looking forward to working with developers who have Newburyport’s best interest at heart. Let me tell you, I’m really not hearing that one at all.
“To address the issues of ‘conflict of development.’ Ryan said he wants to ‘look at the various groups and be as inclusive as possible and find common ground. Divisiveness is not good moving forward.’ ” (Newburyport Daily News, August 8, 2006.)
Let me tell you Newburyport, Massachusetts is polarized when it comes to inappropriate development. There is no common ground. I doubt that there ever will be common ground with development that is seen as destructive to Newburyport’s authenticity.
From what I can make out, Mr. Moak’s point of view is that (it sounds like all) development is vital for Newburyport’s tax base, a balanced budget is crucial…historic character, beauty, charm, environment, all things that in my book ensure long term economic health, take second place. (Can you tell that the Mayor and I have a difference of opinion on this one?)
And it sounds to me that Mr. Moak has found a personable and “amicable, engaging” appointee, one who is qualified enough for the Newburyport City Council to eventually approve.
And I think Mr. Moak has found someone who would be what a friend of mine would call a “silencer.” People who have questions concerning certain projects and players in town could be seen as “uncooperative” if they were not willing to seek “common ground” and address “conflict of development.”
Can you tell that this blogger is not what someone might call a “team player” when it comes to inappropriate development that destroys the authenticity of Newburyport, Massachusetts. I think you can definitely count me out on the “developer common ground” thing, the “conflict of development” thing. No offense or anything, but those don’t work for me.
Mayor Moak’s Waterfront Task Force or the Central Water Focus Group will meet this Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at the Newburyport Police Station.
This meeting has been posted.
I was talking to a resident who knows a whole lot more about affordable housing than I do (basically I know zip.)
What I was told is although the Community Preservation Act (CPA) money will go far for open space and historic preservation, affordable housing is very, very expensive.
Housing needs to be bought, and is incredibly expensive, then most probably it needs to be rehabbed, more expense, and then I gather a long term maintenance program needs to be set up. All of this, I would imagine would require a great deal of red tape and an amazing amount of time and energy.
The term “linkage fees” came up.
Now I’ve never heard of linkage fees before, but looking it up very quickly on the Web I got this information:
A linkage fee “requires developers to pay into a housing trust fund. The rationale for linkage is that developers should pay for the impact their projects have on the community.” (Boston Globe, September 9, 2002)
“Boston’s linkage program requires that developers pay an exaction to construct affordable housing.” (Boston Redevelopment Authority)
If the City of Newburyport ever decided to set up linkage fees for affordable housing, which I gather from the little research I’ve done, it would be extremely complicated and it would require an intact and skilled Planning Office. (And we know at the moment that our Planning Office under Mayor John Moak is in complete disarray.)
So why bother with affordable housing? If Newburyport had an appropriate number of affordable housing units (as far as I’m concerned, the more the merrier), Newburyport would not be under the shadow of 40B housing projects like the one Mayor John Moak has resurrected on the Woodman property on Low Street.
40B housing has a huge impact on the historic character, charm and beauty of Newburyport, MA and also, at least in the case of the Woodman property, adversely affects the environment (see previous posts.)
And it would also make Newburyport more economically diverse, a concept I happen to like. It would obviously give people who do not make unbelievable amounts of money or who were lucky enough to buy property before housing prices went through the roof, to have a chance to live in our seaport city, which I happen to think is a good thing.
Mayor John Moak has sent a letter out to the Newburyport City Council, Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, and Historic Commission to come to City Hall on Monday night August 7, 2006 from 6-8 PM in City Council chambers to meet the proposed Planning Director, Christopher Ryan.
As I understand it this meeting, by law, must be open to the public but not necessarily open to public comment. (The meeting is not posted, at least not on the City’s website.)
So I guess that means folks, if you are curious, you too can show up at the City Council chambers and at least take a peek at Christopher Ryan…whether you will be able to say “hello” or not who knows.
My guess would be that if you have questions and public comments are not allowed, one of the City Councilors or one of the members of the various boards and commissions would be happy to ask them for you.
The Newburyport City Council will vote on the appointment for Planning Director on the following Monday, August 14, 2006 at their regularly scheduled meeting.
(Editor’s Note: This meeting did appear in Monday’s Newburyport Daily News, August 7, 2006, so it is posted. Good for Mayor Moak. It is a “Open House to meet new Planning Director Chris R. Ryan, City Hall, 6 p.m.”
The “Central Water Focus Group” is also posted. That is this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the police station. Again, good for Mayor Moak.)
I put the blame for the complete disarray of Newburyport’s Planning Office squarely on the shoulders of Mayor John Moak.
Mr. Moak campaigned as a manager (which I thought he would well be capable of), and in my opinion the current state of disorder belies the campaign promise.
Not to have a Planning Director for 3 months (Mr. Moak’s idea) is an invitation to disaster. And frankly I cannot blame Julie LaBranche, Newburyport’s City Planner for resigning.
To have a Planning Office so understaffed would invite chaos and burnout.
And what a waste of talent to have highly trained individuals spend their time answering the phone (out of necessity because there is no one else to do it), instead of attending to the myriad of very complicated issues that are before the City of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Tom Ryan, the editor of the Undertoad, hints darkly on his blog that Newburyport’s Building Inspector, Gary Calderwood (reportedly, Mayor John Moak’s good friend from the Mayor’s 11 years as Newburyport’s City Clerk) had a great deal to do with Ms. LaBranche’s departure.
I have no idea what the story is with Mr. Calderwood, but I will say, coincidentally?? that I did receive a number of emails yesterday with various complaints about our building inspector. I know little about Mr. Calderwood and could not possibly verify any of the information that I received. But it does appear that city politics are at their “glorious” best in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
I do know as a woman working in various civic endeavors in our seaport city, that I am often treated with lack of respect and various people over the years have done their best to try to intimidate me. (Luckily I was born and raised in New York City where intimidation is often viewed as a contact sport—good training for my involvement in Newburyport politics.) One can only imagine, if as a citizen I have been treated this way, what Ms. LaBranche may have experienced over these last 3 months.
And no matter how good Christopher Ryan may be, if he is appointed, he will enter a Planning Office in crisis. I can’t imagine that is what he had in mind when he applied for the job.
And yes, I’ve now read the article in the Newburyport Current on Christopher Ryan. And despite Ulrika Gerth’s “right on” questions, I know almost nothing about where Mr. Ryan stands on pertinent issues. The answers seemed to me to me masterful side-steps.
One always wants to hope for the best. But I finished the article feeling extremely gloomy.
Mayor John Moak is our “leader.” And to have the Planning Office and by ripple affect the various boards and commissions it helps, in turmoil, is a woeful example of managerial style.
One of the interesting things that has happened being the editor of the Newburyport Political Blog is that I get contacted by members of the greater planning community.
And one of the things that has come to my attention and has yes, been confirmed, is that what I would consider “ideal” applicants, folks who have experience and education in historic preservation, have battled undesirable developers and yes, even had experience with Mr. Karp were ignored by this administration.
I would put a picture of George Cushing being incensed (see previous post), but I am obviously so concerned about this information that an appearance from George Cushing even to me would seem to be inappropriate.
My guess is that Christopher Ryan, will most likely get the nod from the Newburyport City Council. And this blogger will do everything she can to work with him for the good of the City of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
I haven’t seen today’s Newburyport Current yet, but the report in today’s Newburyport Daily News, August 4, 2006 on Mayor Moak’s new pick for Planning Director was somewhat confusing.
In the article (and believe me I know that articles can be edited, so I am sure that there is far more to Christopher Ryan than what was in the Newburyport Daily News write up) Mr. Ryan’s emphasis appears to be on the environment (not that there is anything wrong with the environment, believe me) and management and administration.
To quote today’s Newburyport Daily News:
“When he starts Sept. 1, Ryan said he would be getting to know the planning office staff and the community. He sees his main roles as management and administration, project oversight and as a liaison for special projects.”
(Unfortunately for Christopher Ryan, if he does get confirmed by the Newburyport City Council, he will be spending a great deal of time trying to find a replacement for City Planner, Julie LaBranche, and that’s another post entirely.)
What was not mentioned was anything to do with historic preservation, which in my mind is crucial to the economic well being of Newburyport, Massachusetts and what I would consider to be the epidemic of developers in our fair city. And in my opinion, given what I know about this administration, that is absolutely no surprise.
I look forward to seeing the story on Christopher Ryan in the Newburyport Current as well. I am sure it will shed additional light on Mr. Ryan’s experience and goals.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa!! I just checked the Undertoad Blog and Julie LaBranche, Newburyport’s City Planner is resigning on or around September 6, 2006. Go check out the Undertoad Blog.
Mr. Ryan puts the blame on (from what I understand) Mr. Moak’s good friend, our building inspector Gary Calderwood. Yikes! (And I’m not given to explanation points.)
For the City of Newburyport this is a disaster. Julie Labranche was/is terrific, and to lose Julie without Newburyport having a Planning Director is terrible.
George Cushing (of Frog Pond at the Bartlett Mall), the political consultant for the Newburyport Political Blog is mighty, mighty upset.
George Cushing expressing his displeasure
A frightening new breed of developer for Newburyport, MA, Ouch.
Mr. Minot Frye apparently has set his sights on Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Mr. Frye is a developer from Wenham, Massachusetts. The address I have is 16 Grapevine Road. (Minot is an old Massachusetts name, going back to the 1600’s.) As I understand it, Minot Frye has formed an equity firm, private money (“old money” I would suppose) to reinvest, I gather in this case in Newburyport real estate, to make investors even more money.
Minot Frye is the gentleman who bought 11-13 Ship Street, yes, that wonderful federalist with the orchard that so many of us love.
No ray of hope apparently. It appears that the plea for restoration has fallen on deaf ears.
Demolition, I gather, is the name of the game and yes, the orchard goes. And I gather, not even building a replica in kind, (alas, how far my bar has fallen.)
From what I know an architectural firm (I believe it is Dyer Brown and Associates in Boston) has come up with several versions of what might go on this piece of property. I’ve been told that the latest version is two Georgian style condos, connected and to be built back to back. Ouch. (11-13 Ship Street is a deeded two family.)
I’ve also been told that Mr. Minot Frye had his eye on 96 High Street, but the owner who sold it didn’t want to wait and see if whatever the project Mr. Frye had in mind (3 units, I’m told?) would go through the Newburyport Zoning Board of Appeals (apparently there were other more appealing offers.) Ouch, one more time.
And I am also told that Mr. Frye is actively looking for property to develop in Newburyport, MA. Look out folks.
Moneyed people with “taste,” “old money” and deep, deep pockets, looking to make yet more money off Newburyport, Massachusetts. It is the opinion of this local Newburyport blogger, that clearly if Mr. Frye is planning to demolish 11-13 Ship Street, and my, my putting up who knows what, that in my book, this is not a good sign.
If one can hire an architectural firm and go through several versions already, surely the money for restoration would be possible. Don’t folks with names that go back to the 1600’s care about historic preservation?
It’s my understanding that unless you are someone like Gram’s Ice Cream (and oh, how so many of us love Gram’s Ice Cream) on State Street in Newburyport, MA, or an eatery on the “main drag,” that festivals and yes, even Yankee Homecoming can be very hard on our local businesses.
In the Newburyport Daily News on August 1, 2006 the Firehouse Center for the Arts basically talks about the fact that they “essentially have to shut down” for the nine days of Yankee Homecoming. Not good for business. And my impression is that the Firehouse is far from alone.
When I peek in stores downtown during these events, the local businesses appear to me to be woefully empty. The local clientele seems to stay home, far away from the maddening crowd. So poof, those customers are gone. And our visitors seem to be intent on buying food or merchandise from folks on the street, they do not seem intent on wandering into our various and sundry local establishments.
It’s my recollection that even the sidewalk sales sometimes can be somewhat of a burden. Extra help is often needed and it is my impression that merchants are often lucky if they are able to break even.
Over the years I’ve gotten to like Yankee Homecoming. I even look forward to it. (I used to moan and want to leave town.) But the celebration does take its toll, so one can hardly blame the Firehouse when they wanted to take advantage of their terrific view of the waterfront stage. It seemed like a good idea to me (no I did not go.)
The fact that our small seaport city has such a remarkable theatre, one would hope, would create a sense of pride. And what a lovely bookend that theater is to the waterfront itself. And its very existence, for me, adds to the whole experience of going to the waterfront concerts, even being down at the waterfront itself.
I talked to Jack Mee, the Building Inspector and Zoning Officer in Walpole, Massachusetts where Christopher Ryan, the Mayor’s appointment for Newburyport’s Planning Director worked as of last week.
I figured who better to know the Town Planner (Christopher Ryan) than the Building Inspector. And Mr. Mee was very forthcoming and extremely helpful. (Jack Mee said it would be ok for me to not only quote him, but also use his name.) What a nice guy.
Well according to Jack Mee, it’s good news folks.
History: As I understand it the Town Planner before Christopher Ryan did work at another venture along with the job as Town Planner and that turned out to be difficult for the Town of Walpole to negotiate. So, when Mr. Ryan wanted to teach, the town, because of previous experience, was somewhat apprehensive.
Walpole’s Building Inspector, Jack Mee seemed to think very highly of Christopher Ryan.
Apparently Mr. Ryan set up a “Design Review Committee” for the Town of Walpole. Boy, this works for me.
My understanding is that Mr. Ryan is well aware the political upheaval concerning Nick Cracknell’s leaving, and understands that the community might well be distrustful of him if he were to follow in Nick Cracknell’s shoes.
Mr. Mee, thought that Christopher Ryan would be mindful of the community’s welfare; that Mr. Ryan is capable of being extremely tactful, but in Mr. Mee’s words (I hope I have this right, I am a blogger, not a reporter), Mr. Ryan “would not be a puppet for the mayor.” Whew.
From my point of view it would be really important that the new Planning Director for Newburyport, Massachusetts not to give the green light to all our hungry developers. One would hope that Mr. Ryan would know how concerned so many of us are about developers who see Newburyport, MA as such a wonderful opportunity to make a buck. And from what Jack Mee has told me, it does appear to be encouraging. And if Mr. Ryan is confirmed by the Newburyport City Council, only time will tell.
Good grief, for this blogger not to check the obvious. The Walpole Times, www.walpoletimes.com.
Yes the Walpole Times has a story “Town Planner Ryan Leaves” by Tom Glynn, July 28, 2006.
Go check the whole thing out yourself at www.walpoletimes.com, but here are a few highlights.
“Town Planner Christopher Ryan has resigned after two years in the post to take a position teaching city planning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Ryan, who is working on a doctorate, said he’s long wanted to teach at the college level. With a bachelor’s degree from Miami of Ohio, he has a master’s from Georgia Tech.
He applied for the WPI post earlier this year at a time when there was uncertainty over whether the Walpole town planner position would exist after July 1.
The uncertainty arose when Town Administrator Michael Boynton proposed an article for the spring Town Meeting that would have combined the planner post with that of the town’s economic development director to create a new department.”
“In an interview, Ryan said he tried unsuccessfully to work out a schedule that would allow him to teach at WPI but continue to do planning for Walpole.
With his last day tomorrow, he is leaving just as the planning board is preparing to seek a consultant to overhaul the town’s zoning bylaw.”
I was hoping that there would be an article in today’s Newburyport Daily News about the about Mayor John Moak’s new pick for Newburyport’s Planning Director, Christopher Ryan, so I could blog on it. But there wasn’t.
So I thought I would pass on what I’ve heard, and it’s not much, but I trust the people that I’ve talked to.
Apparently there could be worse candidates. That’s sort of damned with faint praise, but there it is.
However, Mr. Ryan was on a number of people’s “short list,” and these are folks that I trust. So that’s extremely encouraging. I’ve also been told that Mr. Ryan has a very different “style” than Nick Cracknell. One would expect that, no problem in my book with that one.
But best of all apparently if Mayor Moak wanted to do something and it was not possible, Mr. Ryan would not hesitate to inform him. (I like this.) And I’ve been told that Christopher Ryan might well have a differing point (or points) of view and might well feel free to express it or them. (And of course I like this a lot.)
So that’s what I know. It’s not much, but it is encouraging. And I really, really want Christopher Ryan, if that’s who ends up being the next Planning Director, to be worthy of the City of Newburyport, and to be able to breath a sigh of relief that someone competent is on board.
And no matter who the Planning Director for Newburyport, MA might be, I think the citizens of this seaport city are on alert, whether it comes to the Central Waterfront, 40B housing, inappropriate infill, environmental issues, demolition of historic homes or outside developers coming here just to make a buck.
The Newburyport Current’s website says that there will be a story on Christopher Ryan in Friday’s edition. I’m sure, as always, that the Newburyport Current’s editor, Ulrika Gerth, will not disappoint, and I’m looking forward to reading the story very, very much.