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Paul McMorrow has a must-read column in the Globe today summarizing a new Metropolitan Area Planning Council report on housing projections.

There’s lots of food for thought here  (specific projections for Newton are  here)   , including the desperate need to find housing to attract a young work force and challenging the notion that housing density automatically contributes to school crowding.

Many cities and towns around the state are zoned for a way of living that’s vanishing. They make it easy to build large-lot single-family homes, but throw steep barriers in the way of dense housing. That’s a problem, because changing demographics mean both older and younger residents need newly developed multi-family homes far more than they need new single-family homes.

and here’s most most intriguing conclusion from the report…

The big-picture worry is not about having too many children, but having too few taxpayers to pay for their schooling.