Two state legislators have proposed a new bill that, among other things, would limit municipalities ability to block multi-family housing near transit. Bill SD.1640 would require covered cities and towns -- Newton is covered -- to create at least one "district of reasonable size ... within .5 miles of a commuter rail station, subway station, ferry terminal, or bus...read more
Remember the big brouhaha last May over proposed parking rules that would not allow you to park at the same meter, the same block or even the same city parking lot — twice in the same day?
Well the City Council’s Public Safety and Transportation committee will discuss a new version of proposed changes to the city’s overtime parking rules on Weds. Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. and they’re certainly less restrictive but no doubt will still upset some folks.
The new ordinance would prevent you from feeding (with coins or the app) a meter once your original time has expired and instead you would have to read more
In energy, as elsewhere, it’s easy to miss the forest for the trees. Where should we get our energy? The Solar phase 3 proposal would require moving or replacing 28 trees—a little more than 0.1% of our street trees—to generate 4.3 million kWh per year, increasing the solar share of our municipal electricity from 21% to 41%. How does that compare to other options?...read more
As they ought, Northland, the good folks who want to develop a sizable chunk of land at the end of Needham St, have proposed a seemingly solid transportation demand management (TDM) plan, which includes shuttle bus service to Needham Heights (commuter rail), Newton Highlands (T), Boston, and Cambridge. They are also proposing 1,900 parking spaces. That's just not...read more
The 51st Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration takes place this Monday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre (848 Beacon Street) The event will include musical performances by: the Jubilee Singers; the Monologue Project; the Gospel LoveTones; the Treble Singers; and more! Following the event the Harmony Foundation and...read more
If you received (and read) the most recent edition of Councilor Jake Auchincloss's newsletter, you got a treat: an informative (and fun!) discussion of the economics of traffic. Go ahead and read it. We'll wait. As Jake explains, traffic is as much economics as engineering. Traffic follows the law of supply and demand. The key insight over the last several years is...read more
There will be a public hearing Wednesday on the revised plan to install solar panels on city owned properties, including roofs of buildings and parking lots. From Jenna Fisher at Newton Patch... The revised plan reduces the number of trees that need to be cut or moved from the original 94 down to 28, according to the city. Of those 28, 13 will be cut and 15 will be...read more
The City Council’s Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. at Newton City Hall to hear about Northland’s much-anticipated transportation plan for its project at Needham and Oak Streets.
Northland is proposing a variety of traffic mitigation remedies, including limiting residential parking to one space per unit and funding new and improved bike and pedestian paths.
But the most significant part of the plan is a proposal to operate and fund a shuttle system that would be open to public use at read more
The Newton City Council's Finance and Zoning & Planning Committees will meet tonight (Monday) to consider a request from Mayor Fuller to accept and expend funds from Mark Development to to cover the cost of independent consultant support for a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property. In a comment on another thread, former City Councilor Ted Hess-Mahan puts...read more
Photo courtesy of the Tab shows current lot and golf course to the left Since we last heard about the Riverside project in September, Mayor Fuller and Mark Development have decided on a visioning process for the area. On January 11, Liz commented on another thread on V14 about Riverside: The City decided to allow a 10 week visioning process at...read more
The husband-and-wife duo behind O Ya and Hojoko in Boston and several restaurants in New York City are taking over the former location of the Cottage at Chestnut Hill, Eater Boston reports.read more
The Boston Globe's Lucas Phillips wrote: "The fliers, which include racist caricatures and connect Jews to pedophilia, were found in four bins on Lowell Avenue, Cottage Street, Walnut Street, and Morse Road, according to Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, a spokesman. The fliers were linked to the Daily Stormer Book Club, he said, which the Anti-Defamation League describes...read more
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