Newtonville resident Amy Dain wondered whatever happened to an old factory in her neighborhood.
The abandoned factory of my childhood memories was not like nineteenth century riverfront factories, brick splendor punctuated by regular windows. It was also no concrete box of the modern era. It was all murky glass, pre-modern, ghostly. I recall no signs on the building, no indication of what was fabricated within. It was so out of place that I questioned if I had made it up. Google proved useless to answer.
What Dain discovered as she tried to find out what happened unearthed a public debate — and zoning decisions — that sound familiar today.
Newton needed to decide what could replace the factory, on the park, next to an excellent elementary school, and a short walk to CVS and the commuter rail. One suggestion was
When she wins, as expected, she’ll become the first openly transgender elected official in Newton — and one of the first in Massachusetts.
Of the 520,000 elected officials in the United States, about 13 are transgender, according to Victory Institute’s 2018 Out for America report.
What do you think about this Tweet from Ward 5 City Council Council candidate Bill Humphrey?
The “can’t we all just get along, these elections are tearing us apart” people seem fairly naive about the existential struggle we are currently in like it or not. We can’t all just get along because we don’t all agree and we have opposing interests. You can’t hand wave that away— Bill Humphrey 🌳 (@BillHumphreyMA) October 26, 2019