, Newburyport, MA

February 7, 2014

We need an open waterfront

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Knowing only that Tom Salemi is the chairman of the Newburyport Redevelopment Authority, I was interested to read his vision of the future of Newburyport. Now I know why even The Daily News is calling for the NRA’s disbanding.

I moved here 30 years ago partly because of the growing vibrant downtown that is so much more vibrant now with all our festivals and summer crowds. But Mr. Salemi doesn’t seem to think so, comparing us unfavorably to Portsmouth. Has he ever tried to park downtown here lately? His vision of the waterfront also seems to stop at calling it at best as “an oversized pendant.” He doesn’t see what the majority of Newburyport voters can see, which is an open waterfront park that enhances and balances our vibrant downtown. With all the new waterfront development that will be coming our way, we need the open space more than ever to maintain this balance.

Development is good, but over-development isn’t.

Russ Seidel