TAB editor Andy Levin had already been vocal about his support for Austin Street so the paper’s endorsement is not a surprise. But it’s a must read for many reasons.
A couple of excerpts:
Opponents of the plan — a vociferous and well-organized minority in the community — have expressed legitimate concerns, resulting in the project being scaled down from its original size. However, rather than play a constructive role since the special permit application was docketed this past spring, the opposition has demonstrated its answer all along was going to be “No way, not here, never.”
…Newton is a special community that has traditionally led, not reacted. We have never been paralyzed by fear of change, but instead sought to be bold in the face of it.
Read it and come back here to discuss.