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Opinion

July 18, 2013

One man's vision of the waterfront

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The east and west, however, are bounded by an ugly expanse of barren, gravel parking lots, displaying unsightly parking bumpers, potholes and rutted driveways in sharp contrast to the peaceful beauty of the park. Their expanse dwarfs the size of the park. They run fully down to the boardwalk impinging upon the beauty of the river … and like so much scrawl seeks to rub out the pristine grace of the city’s waterfront.

Newburyport is a dynamic city. It is noted for its architecture, artistry and history … its welcoming people. It attracts visitors from surrounding towns, from around the state and from around the country. Should one of the primary focal points of the city exhibiting its enduring and courageous heritage to the sea be primarily gravel parking lots? It makes no sense. I think the people of Newburyport want a waterfront area that compliments the rest of the downtown— an urban center that was preserved in the 11th hour by energetic mayors and citizens with vision and foresight. Their legacy must be sustained and enhanced.

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Kenneth B. Smith lives in Newbury.

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