Come Here, Go Away: Mixed Signals on the Newport Cliff Walk

11 Nov

The Newport Cliff Walk was touted as a Rhode Island must-see. The opportunity to ogle mansions—true mansions—in all their historic opulence. At the same time, take a stroll along the ocean.

Gated Mansion on Newport Cliff WalkWell, turns out these mansions turned my stomach. They felt gluttonous and a massive game of one-upmanship. They were more than gated, they were barricaded to keep lowlifes out; and now their estates deigned to let us in and take a peek and their spectacular lives. No thanks.

Turns out for some the feeling is mutual. Take a look at the local graffiti.

"Locals only" graffiti on Newport Cliff Walk

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