From a story on the CityLab website….
To understand local housing politics over the past several decades, consider a recent study out of Boston University. Political science professor Katherine Levine Einstein surveyed all of the minutes for zoning and planning meetings about housing across 97 cities and counties in Massachusetts…
“In every single city and county we studied, the advantaged dominated the proceedings,” Einstein said at a recent Brookings Institution panel on housing. Residents who are older, men, longtime residents, local voters, and homeowners are much more likely to participate in these meetings. And they are much more likely to oppose new construction than the general public.
Residents who oppose new housing are also read more
According to the Wall Street Journal*, one in three students at Newton North is eligible for extra time to take the SATs. The WSJ looked at the percentage of students who are eligible for extra time allowance because of their IEP (Individualized Education Plan) or 504 designations. This is a much higher percentage than at lower-income high schools. You can read a...read more
A student found a swastika and “threatening language” drawn on a desk at F.A. Day Middle School, the Globe reports.read more
Do you enjoy concerts in the Highlands or Newton Centre on a hot summer night, or a lovely Sunday afternoon listening to the New Philharmonic Orchestra at the First Baptist Church? Or maybe your kids look forward to the Halloween Window Painting Contest every October? Or how about the unexpected whimsy of seeing poetry on the sidewalks of your local village center or a fantastical outdoor sculpture along the Upper Falls Greenway? Well, the City of Newton “Community Design for Arts & Culture Committee” was formed a few months ago to assist Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and the City of Newton with a seven-month planning process to create a comprehensive arts & cultural plan for the City. Will you help us? We would love to hear from you in this Newton Community Arts & Culture Survey.
This community survey will help us develop our strategic plan of short & long term goals for the city. The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of our read more
Garden Remedies, which has been a medical marijuana dispensary at 697 Washington Street since 2016, can start selling recreational marijuana this week. The Grand Opening for recreational marijuana sales could be as early as Saturday, Newton Patch reports. Garden Remedies will be 16th adult-use retail establishment to open in the Commonwealth and the second in...read more
This is a guest blog post submitted by Newton resident Richard Rasala, a retired Professor and Associate Dean in the Khoury College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern. Issues with the Washington Street Vision and Zoning Code Part 1: Scale of Buildings | 2019-05-16 For convenience, there is also a web site with these links and with links to...read more
During every special permit process in Newton (and other municipalities) comes a time when the project’s developer seeks to hammer out an agreement with (in our case) the city council that will earn them the needed 2/3rd votes to move forward. Typically, this includes negotiating various community gives backs or and project alterations. Giveback requests might...read more
Mayor Fuller sent this memo to the City Council today, informing them of her decision to “not forward the City Council’s request to submit a home rule petition to the General Court with the amendments to the City Charter as voted by the Council on May 6, 2019 in Docket #7 6-19. Most of these amendments were originally proposed by read more
Mayor Fuller released this statement today... This morning I sent a request to the City Council to authorize the purchase of the West Newton Armory Building and land at 1135 Washington Street just outside West Newton Square. The City of Newton is being presented with an opportunity both to obtain a special historic building and to increase the supply of vital...read more
The Newton Community Farm's annual Seedling Sale -- happening this weekend, May 18 and 19, noon to 3 p.m .-- is a great opportunity to launch your vegetable, herb and flower gardens while supporting one of Newton's unique nonprofits. And it's going to be a beautiful weekend, 70 degrees and sunny. Details here.read more
The annual Newton Mayor's Community Breakfast has a new location (it's moved from Boston College to the Marriott) and a revised name ("prayer" has been replaced with "community") but it's still likely to be the place to see and be seen for anyone involved in civic life and/or local politics. It's happening Friday May 31, 7-9:15 a.m. at the Marriott Two student...read more
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