I believe that this area, with its history and architecture, is quite unique. If the auto dealership moves in it might start a trend of tearing down smaller properties to build larger ones. If we start losing some of these smaller businesses and homes, they might never come back.

The Wells Street era ended in the late seventies. It ended because of economics--money got tight and the businesses left. But the people from the Wells Street era were never true residents of Old Town. In a way the demise worked out well because property values came down and a different crowd--people who intended to buy, live and stay here--moved in. They were rehabbers, the first yuppies.