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TAB editor Andy Levin compares and contrasts Newton’s housing needs and attitudes between now and when Oak Hill park was constructed.

The demand for housing is just as real now as it was more than 60 years ago (though obviously Newton’s population is not going to grow by 20,000 over the next couple decades). There is no old gravel pit or former farmland to build homes on now, but even if they existed that is not what is needed today. Instead, clusters of smaller, more-affordable residences around many of our village centers are needed to meet the housing demand of 2015, as well as support the local business districts.







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