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In a new column, Newton TAB Editor Andy Levin raises a question that’s been bothering me for a while too: How is it that Newton Mayor Setti Warren can champion growing Newton’s affordable housing stock while his Planning Department and the Zoning Board of Appeals continues to  cite a questionable claim that Newton has met its 40B threshold?  

This sizeable anti-development movement is being enabled by a city government that on one hand has a “housing strategy” but on the other has taken a position that makes achieving the goals of the plan extraordinarily difficult.