great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction
we are moving." --- Oliver Wendell Holmes
is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow."
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, who has been quoted to have quipped ...
hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
Plan in Motion was first framed in a petition
to the provincial General Court of Massachusetts requesting the
Waterside Third Parish be set off from Newbury as the separate town
of Newburyport --- a remonstrance granted and enacted on February
4, 1764. Asking they be enabled as a community, the Waterside
people defined specific goals which could be realized with less partisanship
and more comity and compromise.
was a timeless agenda
that sought excellent public schools, engagement of youth as future
citizens of the commonwealth, well planned maintenance of roadways and
infrastructure, versatile use of public buildings, investment in utility
and fire equipment, equitable taxation and prudent fiscal management.
With their words and actions, the Waterside people set a cogent,
consonant Plan in Motion for generations to follow --- a
Sense of Purpose to complement a Sense of Place.
5-year term of the Plan in Motion began with an historical
presentation made on city council floor February 8, 1999
to remark the 235th anniversary of Newburyport's first town meeting.
The evening's agenda would also include a State of the City address
by then Mayor Mary Carrier. The reflection of the past (and inspection
of the present) was punctuated with a rhetorical question about the
direction Newburyport would move in the future: In particular, the way
we as a community would effectively examine and establish our goals
~ as the Waterside people of today move into a new millennium and prepare
to mark a new generation.
and Objectives for the Plan in Motion 5-year term (1999 - 2004)
the Waterside Plan in Motion ~ with a Sense of Purpose and Spirit
an annual public "town meeting" forum (link
allowed under Section 20 of the
original 1851 city charter
To serve as an annual (premier) "benchmark" to assess
"where we are" and influence "where we are going"
at a critical point in the budget process
the "old style" annual town meeting to today's conversation
using timelines set by the old style
Julian calendar year (March 25th to March 24th) to provide
the movement a continuity independent of the establishment's
pursued as a multi-generational community project
involving schools at all grade levels: specific consignment
of the HS civics class and community service program, and eventually,
the new high school's media arts program
if well received, experiment with a second "benchmark"
in the September/October
and then consider quarterly sessions
alternatively, organize "benchmark"
community gams "in a Motion of Comity" (e.g.,
during Yankee Homecoming)
and utilize tools for better communications as a community
implement a city Web site, with components and/or complements to
the site offering
a chronicled log of information
virtual community bulletin board
online community calendar
regular publication of extracted content, independently and in concert
with the local press
make better use of cable and radio, expand cable live coverage of
coordinated with the schools as part of their media arts curriculum
Commence/complete the Master Plan and associated studies, including
the long range building plans for the Elementary Schools
Harbor/Waterfront Strategic Plan
- a study
of land use in the area of Route 95, Low and Hale Streets, Graf
and Parker Roads
the planning process with the City's 150th year milestone celebration
in June 2001
a "City upon a Hill" summit and other forums and
gatherings in (pro)Motion of Comity
informally reviewing the City Charter, exploring ways to adapt
the Charter as necessary
- discussing a course of action for formal review of the current City Charter and form (Plan B) of city government
the process, better engage all generations ~ through the school
programs such as the Sense of Place, the then newly formed
youth commission and Council on Aging (and newly formed Friends of
the Council on Aging)
inter-generational relationships and programs while
progress in the construction of the Senior and Teen Centers or preferably,
a multi-generational community center as an alternative
as perceived for the Firehouse over a decade ago
a flagship and figurehead for the movement
deploy the Ship as a motif for the Plan in Motion
compass and calendar, cartogram and chronicle
expanding maritime and community boating programs
engage the youth committee/commission
the vision "A View from the Custom House"
engage those party to the unending
conversation about the downtown Waterfront in the movement
in (pro)Motion of Comity, symbolically
Market Square in the year 2001, marking the 200 year anniversary
the original situ of the Waterside Meetinghouse was made a public
formally restore the historic reference Somerby's Landing (the
"historic waye to the Waterside" at the base of Green
Street) to mark its milestone anniversaries in 1751 and 1752
relate (to) and appreciate our heritage, the historical facts
and foundation as well as historical architecture
encourage community events of celebration and "cerebration"
attempt to integrate these within the DOE framework and other
build an online knowledge base of "institutional memory"
recalling the distant and more recent past
more online (and print) publication
engaging all generations in the effort via the schools,
Youth Commission, the Council on Aging and adult education
Full Circle to encourage "familiar commerce"
(social interchange) and better communications in the community
while adapting to the challenges of today's lifestyles
milestones in history and history in the making along the
way, culminating in a Once in a Blue
Moon opportunity in 2004
are we as a community as we complete the last quarter of the old style calendar year, March
25, 2009 - March 24, 2010 termed "The
Year of Charting (New) Courses"?
The second contemporary five-year term of the Waterside Plan in Motion was completed during the old style calendar year 2009, which culminated with a Once in a Blue Moon opportunity on (the new style calendar) New Year's Eve. The Waterside people have begun the third 5-year term of the Waterside's new generation.
And despite the biennial political change during the past decade, which resulted in five different
administrations since launching this plan anew in 1999 ~ there has been
considerable progress and continuity. As well as inertia.
A measure of progress found at the link
within. Updates to content presently under revision for the Once
in a Blue Moon benchmark (December 31, 2009) will be posted by Candlemas. As promised during her campaign and transition, and duly noted in her inspirational inaugural address, the honorable Mayor Donna Holaday plans to hold a public forum within a month of taking office. She also encouraged city councillors to hold monthly "town
meeting" like forums for their constituents. In addition to links from the City website, the Comity.org
website will include record of this discourse and the charted
course of action.
of the present administration's broader vision, Mayor Holaday's inaugural
address delivered on January 4, 2010 can be found at this link
within ~ archived on this website with the permission
of the administration and publisher.]