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Old 01-13-2009, 09:26 AM
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Any thoughts of those who live in coastal towns & cities on this one? Here there is a battle going on between the city government and residents of a tightly packed area called "The Fort"that is shared with commercial fishing buisnesses. Now the city wants to create a zoning "overlay" that would allow a resort by Marriot to be built at the site of the old Birdseye plant. Residential,commercial and a resort on a tight footprint! I wonder if this has been done anywhere else?

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:00 AM
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In todays times of Economic turmoil and the failing commercial fishing industry, our city needs to refocus toward possible attractions for tourism. This city has a poor excuse for a "DownTown" center for tourist with its empty storfronts and the waterfront that is overrun with empty delapited buildings that all could be turned into attractions for transient boaters or larger scale marinas. Its time to start looking toward brighter horizons that will give this city the boost to catch up with other waterfront communities that have already addapted to the changing Comm. Fishing Industry. The problem with this town is that there are still those here that believe that a city such as ours should continue to live in the 50's(Those who never cross the Bridge)revolving its economy around a partime fishing income.
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Old 01-13-2009, 11:03 AM
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The same type of activity has been seen in Baltimore (my old home town), although none of the properties involved the fishing industry. One prime example is Harborview ( http://www.harborviewcommunity.com/ ) which was built on an old shipyard in the early 90's. I worked there for a while during the construction phase. There was considerable community opposition from residents of the Federal Hill area immediately west of the harbor, mostly because the highrise would obstruct their views of the harbor. In the end, obviously, the Golden Rule prevailed - - "He who's got the most gold makes the rules."

The same has occurred all along the Inner Harbor all the way out for Fort McHenry. As industrial buildings become available, they are quickly razed and expensive highrises take their place.

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Old 01-13-2009, 11:39 AM
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Corona, If done right I could see an agreement with the city and Marriot for them to maintain Pavilion Beach and allow public access. Many don't know that the beach is the oldest public beach in the country.Designated a public beach back in the mid 1700's! Downtown has become an entertainment district with all the bars a live theater and some argue we have the best restaurants rivaling Boston's without the Boston prices! The Marriot could be a good compliment to that.

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I was last in Baltimore in "93". My wife and I strolled along the waterfront and at the time residential and commercial seemed to be a good fit. Then we walked over to Camden Yards to catch the Red Sox!
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Old 01-13-2009, 04:37 PM
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Corona Nights - 1/13/2009 2:00 PM

In todays times of Economic turmoil and the failing commercial fishing industry, our city needs to refocus toward possible attractions for tourism. This city has a poor excuse for a "DownTown" center for tourist with its empty storfronts and the waterfront that is overrun with empty delapited buildings that all could be turned into attractions for transient boaters or larger scale marinas. Its time to start looking toward brighter horizons that will give this city the boost to catch up with other waterfront communities that have already addapted to the changing Comm. Fishing Industry. The problem with this town is that there are still those here that believe that a city such as ours should continue to live in the 50's(Those who never cross the Bridge)revolving its economy around a partime fishing income.
Absolutely right Corona!
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:06 PM
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I am a huge proponent of leaving things as they were but that is not the way of the world. Since listening and looking at the photos, Gloucester will be on my "things to see" -sooner than later.

Now, being from Charleston SC, another town with tons of history both maritime and inland, if History is preserved (and not in some Hokey - tourist trap way) then I think hotels, shops, art stores, museums etc that cater to the tourist can be a new life blood for a city that can no longer sustain itself using the "old ways". To survive the cities need the young people to stay and if they have no future they will (and need to) move away.

This is where the crotchety old folks come in. Maintain the historical accuracy of the buildings, dont allow styrofoam facades that mimic old brick and stone - use old brick and stone, maintain the architectural feel and ambiance to make the new things unique. Disney World can create Gloucester in Fla out of styrofaom and you can fish year round - thats not the tourist you are trying to attract.

If you have a pristine canvas for developers to paint on they will do it right if you firmly ask them to (not willingly though, and probably not right now...). A local and much needed historical renovation occured a few years back and it was held up several years due to controversies on what the original steps were made of and what color they were. It will be a constant battle which, over the long run, can be a good thing.

I think the Inner Harbor is a good example of modernizing a waterfront, as well as Savannah Ga.

Change is gonna happen, make it happen on your own terms.

As an Edit: You got "free time" now, maybe this is your calling. QC/QA for the town!
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