We are the problem

In a thread deep within the comments I was essentially told to leave Newton and move to a place that has more housing. In truth, I live in within the municipal borders of Newton, but my life doesn’t stop there. I live in the Greater Boston area. We all do. My...

Flora’s to open in W. Newton

While we can mourn the loss of Lumiere, we have a name for the new concept moving in where Coney Island had been. It’s called Flora’s and I missed the post on Boston Restaurant Talk when it hit a few weeks back, but it looks to be a 20-seat concept that,...
Blackbird Doughnuts to open in Newton Centre

Blackbird Doughnuts to open in Newton Centre

This is a step in making Newton Centre cool… kinda. Blackbird Doughnuts is opening up on Union Street. That makes the street a pretty interesting culinary destination, with places like Comedor, Farmstead Table, Health Bar, Woops!, and the venerable...
Housing Group maps density around T stations

Housing Group maps density around T stations

A big part of the debate in Newton has been around housing density. We don’t talk about it that way, but that’s what it comes down to: how many units fit on an acre of land. A group of researchers mapped the MBTA stations around the MBTA and said that if...
What’s happening this week?

What’s happening this week?

It’s Thanksgiving wee, so what is happening around town? I know that Zervas had its Turkey Trot this past weekend, but what’s coming up? Tell us your Thanksgiving Week events!    ...
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...