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I am passionate about livable communities. All four of our communities were established well before cars existed: Gloucester in 1623 (seven years before Boston) Rockport in 1840, Manchester-by-the-Sea in 1645, and Essex in 1819.

While this makes for nightmarish traffic (especially during the summer) it makes all four of our communities ideally suited for central areas designated to pedestrians and bicycles (with obvious exceptions being made for the disabled, elderly, and deliveries to local businesses).

There are many positive examples to follow of how towns our size have reclaimed their streets from congestion and traffic.