From WGBH reporter Craig LeMoult
At a public hearing in Newton last week on a proposal for a huge new housing and commercial development, some community members who spoke said they see density as a solution to the city’s housing problems. Dense housing, these residents said, creates a more vibrant community atmosphere, enables more use of mass transit, and helps reduce the city’s impact on climate change.
But for others, even those who want to see more housing built, the question is — how dense is too dense? Opponents of the proposal said they are concerned the housing development would overwhelm surrounding communities and create a “traffic nightmare.”