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Thomas Kraus and Marc Kaufman, president and vice president of the Newtonville Area Council, had a oped in last week’s TAB calling for improvements to Walnut Street in Newtonville to take place prior to the Austin Street construction.

Postponing the project for years to benefit 68 new apartments on Austin Street is the wrong priority. Walnut Street changes should come first, benefiting thousands of residents. Waiting until after construction provides little new information; drivers will gradually find the most efficient way to move. As with the opening of Newton North, it will take years for new traffic patterns to emerge.

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