, Newburyport, MA


October 15, 2013

World-class vision for the waterfront


Design and program buildings to engage the public space. Any building on the waterfront should add to the activity of the public space around it. I am not confident I know what the current proposal includes but I for one want zero residential development and little to no parking on the NRA parcels (think Boston Common).

Integrate seasonal activities. Waterfronts that can thrive in year-round conditions will reap the benefits of greater economic activity and higher attendance. A year-round park with convenient parking will increase tourist revenue for local businesses. A parking garage will provide a revenue stream for the city.

Portsmouth, N.H., has a parking garage downtown within walking distance to everything. We as a community should seriously consider building a garage and get parking off the waterfront (does anyone remember Rowe’s Wharf or Northern Avenue Boston?). If we can build schools worth tens of millions of dollars, surely we can build a parking garage and a world-class waterfront park that would be the pride of the city for generations to come.

Ken Woods


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