We spend a lot of time on soccer fields, in supermarket aisles, and school parking lots. In these places – the circulatory system of Newburyport – the need for an LHD never comes up. So what’s the big deal?
The majority of homeowners in the proposed LHD take their custodial and historical duties seriously. Whatever path we ultimately follow to establish a historic district will work only if we’re a united community that reaches decisions through healthy debate and mutual compromise. The City Council should not ram this measure through with the thin support it currently enjoys.
Let’s prepare for and embrace the future of this great town, not try to recreate a past that was never the way we imagine it was to begin with.
Conall and Eileen Ryan