John Hilliard explores affordable housing and development as a campaign issue this fall in a new Boston Globe article

Newton is facing nothing less than an identity crisis as a wave of development proposals stand to reshape the cityscape, spurring the most hotly contested City Council elections in 16 years. In all, 35 people, including Wright in Ward 3, are running for the council in November, including 24 candidates in nine contested races.


For most of the candidates, the race boils down to this question: How do you make Newton more affordable and attractive without damaging its village character?

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