Zoning Overlay NOT a Local Historic District (LHD)

Unfortunately the Newburyport Daily News has repeatedly reported that a Local Historic District (LHD) is being proposed.  This is NOT the case, there is NO LHD period.  I am extremely disappointed in our paper of record.  I feel that it is the paper’s responsibility to inform and educate people, not to scare them. To me … Continue reading Zoning Overlay NOT a Local Historic District (LHD)

A Really Good Compromise on Newburyport’s LHD

This sounds like a really good compromise on Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) sponsored on Monday night by Newburyport City Councilors Katy Ives and Bob Cronin. Excellent work!!  I hope it is one that the Newburyport City Councilors see as a “win-win” alternative. The proposals address what Councilor Ives called the “most egregious” situations affecting … Continue reading A Really Good Compromise on Newburyport’s LHD

Newburyport LHD Political Reality

I am now going to piss off Newburyport preservationists!  Ooops! The final report of the Newburyport LHD Study Committee (LHD = Local Historic District) is absurdly fair.  The five members did backflips to accommodate feedback from the community and from the Newburyport City Councilors. Backflips, cartwheels, you name it, right from the get go. And … Continue reading Newburyport LHD Political Reality

Citizens for Historic Newburyport to Take Down “Yes! LHD” Signs

This is a press release from Citizens for Historic Newburyport Citizens for Historic Newburyport (CHN) thank Mayor Donna Holaday for speaking in support of a Local Historic District (LHD) at last night’s public hearing, and take to heart her appeal for all lawn signs and banners to be removed as the proposal moves to the … Continue reading Citizens for Historic Newburyport to Take Down “Yes! LHD” Signs

Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) Public Hearing

Public Hearing on the Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD), Thursday June 21, 2012, at 7PM Newburyport High School Auditorium (not City Hall) This is the legally required hearing, the one where people, for, against and I’m not sure, get to make a statement about the LHD proposal. There have been lots of changes to … Continue reading Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) Public Hearing

Public Hearing on Newburyport’s Proposed Local Historic District (LHD) and Updated Information.

There will be a Public Hearing (this is the legally required one) on the Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD),Thursday June 21, 2012, at 7PM at the Newburyport High School Auditorium (not City Hall). Below is the summary of the LHD Ordinance and the LHD Ordinance updates (3rd draft, now officially called the “Preliminary Report”).  Press … Continue reading Public Hearing on Newburyport’s Proposed Local Historic District (LHD) and Updated Information.

Newburyport Anti-LHD Propaganda

The anti-LHD folks, we will scare you with lies.  (LHD = Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District) The impression that some of the anti-LHD folks would give you is that Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District is “Un-American.”  Really, I’m not kidding here. “Another layer of Socialist bureaucracy, by a board of permit Komaczars…unAmerican.” I personally have … Continue reading Newburyport Anti-LHD Propaganda

The Anti-LHD Folks, We will Scare you with Lies

This next number in the Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) musical, “LHD-Bombshell,” (working title, see earlier posts), I think I’m going to call, “We will scare you, no matter what it takes.” The scene opens with a row of 5 doors, set diagonally across the side of the stage.  The doors are all painted different … Continue reading The Anti-LHD Folks, We will Scare you with Lies

The Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Musical, the Conspiracy Number

I’m thinking about a second number for Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) musical, “LHD-Bombshell” (working title, see previous posts). As I’ve said in earlier posts we have the John Birch Society mixed in with this wild LHD concoction. Again, you can’t make this stuff up.  So they’re not going to make an appearance in the … Continue reading The Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Musical, the Conspiracy Number

Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) as a Musical

I’m liking this whole Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) mess as a musical (see previous post). It could open with a Tom Salemi, one of Newburyport’s esteemed bloggers, character singing a solo, “Keep it Classy” (based on Tom’s great essay, “Take the Bagels, Leave the Petition,”on Newburyport’s LHD in Newburyport Today). The stage is dark … Continue reading Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) as a Musical

Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Theater

My lovely young theater friends in NYC hate the TV program “Smash.” (I am secretly addicted to “Smash,” don’t tell them-truly they will be offended!!) I suppose for them it’s a little like me watching Bravo’s “Next Great Artist,” The TV show reminds me of an advanced art class in college (not even grad school).  … Continue reading Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Theater

Fear and Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

I walk down the street and I see her sweeping in front of her Newburyport home.  I call her name, but not until I call out, “Hey beautiful, what you do’n,” does my friend turn her head. She’s one of the first people I ever knew when I moved here 31 years ago. My neighbor, … Continue reading Fear and Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

More LHD Confusion from the “Say No to LHD” Folks

More LHD confusion from the “Say No to LHD” folks. I’ve heard from multiple sources that the “Say No to LHD” folks are passing out the  same flyer, handout, that was being passed out in January. Maybe in January, maybe, one could have said that the “Say No to LHD” folks did not understand city … Continue reading More LHD Confusion from the “Say No to LHD” Folks

Confusion about Newburyport’s Proposed Local Historic District (LHD)

Confusion abounds when it comes to Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD). One of the things that folks are confused about is how the LHD could be changed if it should pass. Local Historic Districts differ from state to state.  Our state LHD state law is called General Law Chapter 40C, the Historic Districts Act.  … Continue reading Confusion about Newburyport’s Proposed Local Historic District (LHD)

Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Meeting, March 26, 2012

Here is the video of the Local Historic District (LHD) Study Committee public meeting held on March, 26, 2012 at Newburyport City Hall.  The meeting was full of very helpful and constructive information, and the video is well worth watching.

The Local Historic District (LHD), Newburyport and Fines

What the “Say No to LHD” folks are saying about fines in the literature that is being mailed and handed out, is not true. If you do something in Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) that the LHD Commission (should the Newburyport City Council vote in favor of the LHD) might have some reservations about, … Continue reading The Local Historic District (LHD), Newburyport and Fines

Letter to the Editor on Newburyport’s LHD

There is a wonderful Letter to the Editor in today’s Newburyport Daily news about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) by L.M. Klee. “This is not about “I win, you lose” or “I’m right and you’re wrong”; it is about a win for Newburyport’s stature in the annals of American architecture and history. The bones … Continue reading Letter to the Editor on Newburyport’s LHD

J.P. Marquand, Newburyport and the Local Historic District (LHD)

On Monday night’s Local Historic District (LHD) informational meeting on March 26, 2012, the questions that were asked, for the most part, were intended to learn more about Newburyport’s proposed LHD.  The people asking questions included folks who were “on the fence” or openly against the LHD. The tone was respectful, with about 4 exceptions. … Continue reading J.P. Marquand, Newburyport and the Local Historic District (LHD)

Fines and Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

The literature that is being mailed, handed out by those who oppose Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) , the “Say No to  LHD” folks, would have you believe that if you do something in the proposed LHD that the LHD  Commission (should the Newburyport City Council vote in favor of the LHD) might have … Continue reading Fines and Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

Local Historic District (LHD) Public Meeting, March 19, 2012

The video of the Local Historic District (LHD) public informational meeting on March 19, 2012, is actual better than being in the meeting itself.  The the speakers as well questions and answers are much easier to understand.  There is a lot of good information on the video about the proposed LHD.  It is well worth … Continue reading Local Historic District (LHD) Public Meeting, March 19, 2012