Alders Norton and Hess-Mahan tell the TAB they’re seeking public input on the topic and drafting language for a proposal later this year.
So go ahead public, provide some input…
Here’s a slide show of Newton from days of yore complete with a Blind Faith retro soundtrack.
It was all before my time here but I still loved seeing all the period details.
Newton trivia question – What’s that promotional photo of 1970’s TV show Starsky & Hutch doing in this Newton nostalgia compilation?
Answer: Paul Michael Glasier, TV’s Detective David Starsky came from Newton and his parents lived off Jackson St (Thanks Alison)
Newtonville resident Jack Prior shared his summary, with some photos, from yesterday’s community meeting about the Austin Street project. He covers some good material here, and I’m wondering if anybody else who attended has anything to add.
I was very taken aback to learn that the photo below (lifted from Prior’s site) was on display, given that it was taken on Christmas morning. What possible purpose was there is displaying that photo? What possible purpose was there in taking that photo?
This weekend’s shows were all out of town, with two fabulous performances in a barn in Sudbury and tonight with an enthusiastic full house at the Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain. The next two weeks we’ll be back in Newton for the final four performances. read more…
Ira Segel, co-founder and longtime operator of the Mr. Sid’s men’s clothing store in Newton Centre, died Sunday at the age of 78, the trade magazine Womens Wear Daily reports. The full story is behind a paybwall and I haven’t seen any other updates yet. More to come.
not online yet, but Newtonville resident Peter Bruce’s op-ed column in this week’s February 25 Tab (page B3), has some interesting statistics on seasonal parking at the Austin Street lot. In addition to receiving data back to 2012 from the Planning department through a documents request, Bruce has been doing his own counting of not just parked cars, but also of snow-covered (unusable) spaces and illegally parked cars. From the article [typing by hand here, so apologies for any typos]:
Unlike winter, however [referring to increases in summer and fall parking demand from 2012 to 2013], they will not face the problem of snow mounds shrinking parking capacity and forcing occupancy rates above 100 percent. How is that possible? Well, on recent Saturdays, snow mounds have covered eight or nine spaces in the ASL and more than 20 spaces on the right side of the Shaw’s lot. On Feb. 17, they covered 20 spaces in the ASL. Already such overcapacity has led to four to eight cars parking “illegally” in the six “tow zone” spots in regular parking rows, and outside formal spaces. As a result of high demand, reduced capacity and illegal parking, so far this winter, peak-time occupancy in the ASL has averaged 99 percent on Saturdays.
He also notes that part of ASP developer Scott Oran’s valet parking plan to expedite parking and create more spaces would be the use of mechanical lift double-stackers (illustration above).
What do you think? Would you use them? Would you even use the valets? I’m always reluctant to hand my car over to a stranger, making a mental list of what’s in the car, whether information or valuables. Then there’s not knowing how long it will take to get my car back if there’s a wait.
Perhaps there will be more information at tomorrow’s final (really, “final”?) community meeting on Austin Street, Sunday, March 1, 1-3pm at the Newton North High School cafeteria.
It seems almost unfair to bring up climate change when Josh is not able to respond, but I have to say, while this year’s snowfall may be extreme, I don’t think we should assume it’s an aberration. I think extremes of snow, rainfall, heat, cold will become more common and should be factored into decision making. “100 year storms” seem to be coming every five years or so.
This year’s unprecedented winter weather has been hard on all of us, including our restaurants and their employees. With temps expected to soar in the 30s over the next few days (SPF 30 at least!), now’s a great time to give yourself a break from cooking and get out there and eat.
And here’s your chance to put in a plug for your favorite(s) Newton restaurant(s) here.
The Boston Business Journal has the comparative data.
|Cumulative SAT score||1,785|
|Reading – average score||588|
|Writing – average score||589|
|Math – average score||608|
Waban resident and journalist Lauren Paul wrote a story in the March issue of Boston Magazine about Newton’s recent challenges with affordable housing developments, focusing on Engine 6 and Waban in particular.
The subhead for the article reads:
Well-heeled progressives champion liberal ideals, including housing the homeless. Just don’t try it in their neighborhood.