One of the NIMBY refrains is that those of us who would like to see increased density in Newton are trying to turn Newton into something else. I’ve heard people derisively use cities like Chelsea, Lawrence and Lynn. Sometimes Brookline and Cambridge come up. 

But a glitch in the matrix this week created an accidental map that overlayed Newton’s borders on the City of Boston. It’s an interesting mind game to help us think about how much land we have and how that same land is used differently by different municipalities. I’m sure you could overlay the map of Newton on a community in the western part of the state and see something completely different. 

Just a bit of food for thought. And cue the shouts of people accusing me of wanting to turn Newton into Boston… or that I should go live in Somerville.

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