Quid pro quo?

Quid pro quo?

The Mayor is scheduled to deliver her proposed Capital Improvement Plan to the City Council today. The last CIP contained an item for replacement of Gath Pool, but many years into the future. There is no question that Gath–an important community...
Thanks to all the candidates!

Thanks to all the candidates!

Wandering through the Harvest Fair today, I had a chance to visit with a number of the City Council and School Committee candidates (some shown here), and I was reminded again that we owe them all a debt of gratitude. It’s not an easy time to put yourself...

Have you read the Climate Action Plan?

As our City Council reviews adoption of the Climate Action Plan, I see a great deal of thoughtful and impressive work, but I have to admit to some reservations. I’ll mention one section to get the discussion going: Existing residential and commercial buildings...
Two for the road

Two for the road

Sorry, but I’m an infrastructure junkie, and when I see or hear about things that are not quite right, well . . . Case 1:  The City has installed traffic calming improvements on Fuller Street between Commonwealth Avenue and Chestnut Street.  These protuberances...

Building climate change resilience

Note: This is not a campaign pitch! It’s about her full-time job. Emily Norton and Vernon Walker have an excellent article in Commonwealth Magazine about how communities can build climate change resiliency into their local geographies. It’s worth a look. ...

Well done, Mayor.

I didn’t want to miss this chance to say that I thought that Mayor Fuller’s current update has an exceptionally clear and complete summary of the eminent domain process for taking Webster Woods....

How much should global warming matter?

Note to self: Be prepared for extensive abuse emanating from this column. The question I’m asking today is how much global warming should matter when we are considering whom to vote for in the forthcoming elections for City Councilors. Please note, I am not...
From across the border

From across the border

I know we have a special interest in the two Newtonian candidates for the 4th Congressional District seat, but I’d encourage people to also check out someone from our neighboring town of Brookline, Jesse Mermell. I’ve known Jesse for several years, and she...
Promises kept?

Promises kept?

I had a reaction to something as I was watching the early jockeying for the Congressional seat serving Newton. Please feel free to tell me if you think I’m off base or if you agree in whole or in part. I understand that incumbent elected officials are expected to stay...
Confirmation bias strikes City Hall

Confirmation bias strikes City Hall

Confirmation bias–“the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories”–is a cognitive error often found in the world of medicine. It occurs when a doctor rather quickly reaches a conclusion as to...
I have 2%. Who will give me 3%?

I have 2%. Who will give me 3%?

I want to start by saying that I am not taking a position on this issue, as I am not involved in the process, but I think it might be helpful to provide a perspective that is prompted by a recent email from a friend. This friend, business savvy and experienced, sent...
NewCAL community meeting at F. A. Day Middle School

NewCAL community meeting at F. A. Day Middle School

A substantial group of citizens, including children demonstrators, greeted City officials tonight at a NewCAL information session at F. A. Day Middle School. Opponents to the siting of this senior center qua community center at Albemarle Park dominated the comments....

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