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Globe business reporter Jon Chesto writes about the likelihood that even though the Washington Place project is favored by a majority of City Councilors it “doesn’t appear [developer Robert Korff] has the votes.

Despite [Mayor Setti] Warren’s advocacy, city records show that fewer than 20 affordable units have opened so far in Newton since 2010. (Another 33 are under construction.) Only 7.5 percent of the city’s housing is considered affordable by state officials. The tug-of-war between progress and protection is a tough one, a balancing act that Newton still hasn’t seemed to master.


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