Facts about Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

Facts about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District  (LHD) consists of High Street and downtown Newburyport from Winter to Federal Street. (It just includes those areas.  It does not include Plum Island.)  For a map of the proposed LHD press here. The purpose of the proposed LHD is to protect […]

Yes! LHD Signs (Newburyport Local Historic District)

The “YES! LHD” signs are going up all over town today. They say “YES! LHD” Support a Local HIstoric District, Citizens for Historic Newburyport (CHN). To read more about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) press here. And to see the map of the proposed LHD and the link to the online petition press here. […]

Newburyport’s Local Historic District, LHD-YES!

This is my car.  Gorgeous new LHD-YES!, Support a Local Historic District. Good for Citizens for Historic Newburyport!! You go guys!! To read more about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD) press here. And to see the map of the proposed LHD and the link to the online petition press here. Citizens for Historic Newburyport […]

Newburyport March Local Historic District (LHD) Meetings

This is an announcement from the Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Study Committee: Got Questions about the Proposed LHD? Get the answers at two Public Information Forums at the City Hall Auditorium 1. Ask the Experts – Monday, 19 March 2012 at 7:00 P.M. Preservation lawyer Marilyn Fenollosa, preservation consultant Gretchen Schuler, and Massachusetts Historical […]

New FAQ about Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

I just received this via email.  This is the new, updated  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) by the Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Study Committee.  I imagine that the FAQ are in response to much of the confusion and misinformation that is out there about Newburyport’s prosed LHD. Frequently Asked Questions  NEW The Study Committee has […]

Local Historic District (LHD) and High Street in 1971 from P.Preservationist

The P. Preservationist has written a fascinating story about the effort to have High Street be a Local Historic District (LHD) in 1971. The P. Preservationist has gone to the Newburyport Archives and done some mega research. Everyone here at the Newburyport Blog, me and the frogs, are mighty impressed. This is definitely a must […]

False Statements on the “Say No to LHD” Mass Mailing

Disclaimer here:  Dr. Heersink who wrote a Letter to the Editor on on February 27, 2011 is my favorite doctor in Newburyport. As a doctor he is amazing.  I just happen to disagree with his stance on the proposed Local Historic District (LHD). In the letter, among other things, Dr. Heersink defends the “Say No […]

“Say No to LHD” Campaign

It is possible that only Tom Salemi could approach the whole Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) thing with humor, marked with wisdom and humility. (Alas, the Newburyport Blog‘s experience is what my fellow blogger recommends in his Newburyport Today article, that we be “a community” and “stay classy,” might not actually be possible in what […]

The Newburyport LHD Wars

From what I can make out, and George and the other “political consultants” to the Newburyport Blog can make out, there are two groups of folks who are against Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD). The “Say NO to LHD” folks, who appear to be Tea Party folks, who are misrepresenting and distorting the facts […]

The “No LHD” Folks and Distortion of the Facts

One of the real problems I have with the “Say No to LHD” folks is not only presenting wrong information as the truth (see previous post), but also the weird distortion of the facts about Newburyport’s proposed Local Historic District (LHD).  The point of the misinformation and distortion of the facts appears to be 1) […]

The No LHD Literature-Wrong Information

I was given a copy of the literature (one piece of paper) from the “Say No To LHD” folks. 2 things immediately stand out as just wild misinformation !!  Just plain WRONG information!!  Hello. 1) Their claim that  the LHD Commission would only require 2 Newburyport residents.  WRONG!  FALSE! Every member on the LHD Commission […]

Boston Globe Article about Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

There is an article in today’s Boston Globe on Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD).  There are some excerpts below.  You can read the entire article by Brenda Buote here. “The proposal has reignited a decades-old dispute between those who believe a local historic district is needed to guide future development and protect Newburyport’s rich heritage, and […]

Comments on the Online Petition in Support of Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD)

These are some of the comments on the online petition in support of Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD).  The petition reads: “We the undersigned are in support of creating a Local Historic District for Newburyport, Massachusetts that consists of High Street, the gateway to the city, and downtown Newburyport. We support preserving the historic character […]

Wording In the Newburyport LHD Ordinance That Would Protect High Street

In 1999 MassHighway almost destroyed High Street (see earlier post here). I am beyond thrilled.  The Newburyport Local Historic District (LHD) Study Committee has voted to include wording in the proposed draft ordinance to protect High Street, the actual roadway,  if a federal or state grant funding project, to take care of  High Street, ever triggers […]

For Newburyport’s LHD, Conspiracy Theories Just Don’t Fit

I totally agree with the P.Preservationist.  When it comes to advocating for Newburyport’s Local Historic District (LHD) one cannot have a rational back and forth discussion with folks who bring in an expert from the John Birch Society, to explain a conspiracy theory about the United Nations (UN) hatching a social engineering plot about lowering […]

Newburyport, Downtown and the LHD

Ken Woods wrote an outstanding piece in yesterday’s Newburyport Daily News. Mr. Woods began his piece by saying, “A wise friend told me no good deed goes unpunished. Well, here goes anyway.”  And the comments slammed, very ungraciously, his most excellent piece.  Mr. Woods, thank you, “You did good.” One of the things that I […]

Three Young Men that Give me Hope for Newburyport’s Future

What these three young men have in common, to paraphrase President Kennedy, is, “Ask not what Newburyport can do for you, but ask what you can do for Newburyport.” And for me, these three young men honor Newburyport, they link the stories of Newburyport’s past to what will be the story of Newburyport’s future. Tom […]

Leading–the Best and the Worst of the Legislative Process, Newburyport 2014

This year, 2014, it is my opinion that Newburyport saw the best and the worst examples of the legislative process in the Newburyport City Council THE BEST The best was the attempt to preserve Newburyport’s historic assets. The process had its origins in Newburyport’s raucous and rancorous LHD debate (see endless posts). The two sides […]

Perspective from Newburyport City Councilor Meghan Kinsey

I really appreciate the perspective from Newburyport City Councilor Meghan Kinsey that was expressed in an email to her constituents. “I would fully agree with Councillor Cameron’s assertion that the Council (10 of the 11 were present) did not “balk”. Quite the contrary. We were intrigued and impressed by Councillor Eigerman’s ability of to remove […]

The Jackals are Out – Newburyport Zoning

It didn’t take long. And yes, they are back.  The Say No to LHD Jackals are back.  Lyndi Lanphear, who got soundly defeated in November’s election for Newburyport City Council at Large, coming in second to last, is out with a Letter to the Editor in today’s Newburyport Daily News, that once again twists the […]