Yeah, I love it there.
Known for clipper ship construction two centuries ago, it has a very long history of prosperity and decline and figured prominently in the HPL story "The Shadow Over Innsmouth" among other literary works.
In the last half century it has gone from slum to a wealthy place dominated by yuppies, and has some of the best preserved early 19th century urban architecture anywhere in North America.
But as someone already said, it has it's secrets... has had them for centuries.
More towns should be designed like Newburyport.
By 1764, the port was so prosperous and densely settled that it broke off from Newbury to become Newburyport. Maritime trade fueled the city’s economy, sparking extraordinary building activity in the decades following.
In 1811, a catastrophic fire leveled the downtown. That event, coupled with restrictive federal trading policies and embargoes implemented in response to the War of 1812 and the national financial panic of 1816, resulted in the city’s economic downfall...
-From the C. of C. website
prsn #2: yes but than my daughter got addicted to heroin, my wife was banging a child molesting police sgt. on the side, my son got busted selling coke and e and is doing 2 yrs in Middleton h.c., and i got involved in an s&m prostitution ring and now I have h.i.v. , you wana house ?