We like to think we’re special in Newton with our own unique challenges. But this inspiring editorial from the Lawrence Eagle Tribune reminds us otherwise.

Instead of standing in the way, trying to delay and harass any new development, we need to embrace growth and plan for it. That means working with developers to create better projects, rather than simply grumbling about changing times and trying to slam the community door shut on newcomers.

That’s worth bearing in mind, too, as the region heads into municipal elections. Development is always on the agenda at the local level, but what we don’t need are officials who simply buy into negativity. We need leaders who have a vision for their community that embraces everyone and who can work with planners, like those who met here last week, to plan intelligently for future growth.

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