On Thu, Jun 1, 2017 at 9:47 AM, <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Dear Councilmen,Firstly, I feel I can, will, and continue to speak on behalf of all the artisans of Newburyport, and say THANK YOU for rising and taking a stand for artisan designation (whether it’s for one, two, or however many) within the TVL city ordinance of Newburyport. After many years of hearing the word ‘ART’ fall on deaf ears within the rooms of Newburyport City Hall, it was, and will continue to be, a real joy to finally have and see this discussion take place.IMO, its far far overdue.So much so, that this conversation is just the beginning. I feel it is only fair to let you know that a very large contingency is now being gathered in support of a petition that will be bringing to light a very different view that has been brought before City Council by retail owners Claudia Harris and Amy Tremblay petition, and the perspective backed by New England Development in the past. In our view, it is this misguided perception that is being embraced by fellow councilmen in regards to the trepidation of brick and mortar business to embrace local artisans on Inn Street, or other places within the D.O.D.. This short sighted perspective continues to paint a faulty view of local downtown creative economic impact of the area that not only falls short of improved shopper influx on the area, but actually serves as a detriment to local, downtown economics.Studies have continued to provide information that for every dollar spent on art, ten dollars are made by surrounding local brick and mortar business, especially if the avenues for such are planned and executed successfully. This is a FACT.(This paragraph is being edited and updated to:
Studies have continued to provide information that for every dollar invested in art, ten-thirty dollars are returned to the local economy, especially if the avenues for such are planned and executed successfully. This is a FACT.See;https://hyperallergic.com/55428/michigan-stats-suggest-every-1-invested-in-the-arts-yields-51-for-economy/ )The main problem as I have seen it is that the festivals and other avenues of artisan participation on the downtown local economics fail in their planning and execution of festivals and other related activities.The question I have for council members and surrounding local retails shops is this;What does the terribly underutilized area of the Inn Street mall that serves for nothing other than skateboarders, bicycles, monkey bars, a children’s splash pad, a playground and schoolyard, do for the local economics of Inn Street?
Coming from someone who has sat down on Inn Street for over ten years, I can personally tell you in my opinion for whats its worth,…absolutely nothing more than a hotdog and an ice cream cone. The Inn Street mall serves as a vital heartbeat of the downtown economics,..and you are losing it as testified by the fearful outcry of retailers and the constant merry go round of empty retail outlets. I for one am sick and tired of hearing, ‘But what about the brick and mortar business?'”I personally extend a personal invitation to any council member to come join me one sunny afternoon at my art cart and hang out for a while to get a close up and personal view of exactly what it is I am referring to here.Unfortunately, this perspective continues to fall on deaf ears and I, and many others, will continue to call for your attention to this matter in order for it to be rectified as soon as possible before there are too many other casualties of a failed business model being perpetrated by those that do not, and will not ever, support a local creative economy as they should.If Councilman Robert Cronin wants to make a legitimate run for Mayor, I hope he will accept my invitation. I fully expect this issue to ultimately be a determining factor in this year’s campaign for Newburyport’s next Mayor.I too have confidence in Councilman Jared Eigerman’s integrity and believe he will continue to work with us on this matter.In closing for now, I would like to ask two more questions;Who were the yes and no votes for the amendment for additional artisan designation TVL’s?And, Was a final vote taken on the redrafting of the TVL city ordinance taken Tuesday Night? If so, What was the Result?I would appreciate it if you could forward the answers to these questions for me.Once again, THANK YOU for working and taking a very tall stand on this issue.Best Regards,John BrownSpirit of Newburyport
John,As we’ve discussed, I am committed to working with you on the cluster-of-artisans idea. In the short term, we need to get this ordinance on the books for 2018.The artisans and I have plenty of time to go to the larger downtown community about the cluster idea before next spring.On Jun 1, 2017, at 10:06 AM, xxxxxxxxx wrote:See answers below, in RED.Who were the yes and no votes for the amendment for additional artisan designation TVL’s? I’m not sure. There were so many amendments made on the floor to the TVL ordinance (it was passed – see below), that I lost track. We’ll get the vote in our next package so I can tell you then. I would say that any “no” votes were in deference to the Ward 2 councilor’s vote, as he is the one who would field complaints. So, if he is willing to work with you on expanding it, I think the others who voted “no” would come along, too. Your arguments above are persuasive.And, Was a final vote taken on the redrafting of the TVL city ordinance taken Tuesday Night? If so, What was the Result? Yes. It was passed. It will have a second reading and then become an ordinance. I don’t think it will wipe out the licenses currently issued for this year, but it will become effective for next year’s licenses.
John William Brown
Spirit of Newburyport
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Newburyport, MA 01950
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