Turning Newton into Boston… or Boston into Newton

Turning Newton into Boston… or Boston into Newton

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. ...

Newton’s Brand

For the past three years I fretted over Newton’s brand. In my opinion, an area’s brand is what can attract business, as much as its efforts around zoning and regulation. The problem is, Newton, from an economic perspective, has no real brand. When...
West Newton Contractor Selected

West Newton Contractor Selected

Taking a break from the congressional race for a moment… In an email sent out today, the city announced that it selected A.R. Belli as the contractor for the W. Newton Enhancement project. There is no specific timeline just yet, but the email notes “At...
Why we need to rethink our streets

Why we need to rethink our streets

Tuesday afternoon I was sitting at the stoplight at Cherry and Washington waiting to turn left from Washington to Cherry. The all-walk was lit and a man in an electric wheelchair was trying to cross the street from the corner next to the Cherry Tree restaurant to...
Monday: start your own robotics team

Monday: start your own robotics team

As many are aware, I’m a coach on the Newton LigerBots, the high school-level FIRST robotics team here in the city.  On Monday we’ll be hosting our annual information night for parents interested in starting FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Robotics...