Tearing the wall down, on paper anyway

Remember the Globe editorial calling on the City of Newton to tear down the paper wall of exclusionary zoning?

Turns out that, a few weeks ago, the mayor’s planning staff took the necessary next step: they revised Article 3 of the the draft zoning ordinance to allow some significant form of multi-family housing on every lot in Newton..
On Auchincloss, leadership, and ally-ship

On Auchincloss, leadership, and ally-ship

I had two thoughts upon receiving this Jake Auchincloss mailer. Auchincloss should never have sent it. And, his very language is argument that he should have sat this race out.  As the image shows, Auchincloss makes a very specific claim. Among the candidates in the...
Firefighters picking the wrong symbol

Firefighters picking the wrong symbol

I’ve seen these thin-red-line lawn signs popping up around Newton, presumably in response to the NFD v. Fuller beef. Maybe the Newton Fire Department should reconsider the campaign. Echoing the imagery of the thin-blue-line campaign is risky business in this...
Anti-racism starts at home

Anti-racism starts at home

Mayor Fuller’s latest letter dropped today, and she links to the city’s Overdue: Confronting Race & Racism in Newton page. Which has this at the top of the page: And, this at the bottom: The city seal, celebrating John Eliot converting the indigenous...
Open Letter to Marc Laredo on Black Lives

Open Letter to Marc Laredo on Black Lives

Councilor Laredo (at-large, Ward 7), I received your recent (June 6) constituent letter in which you address the essential topic of the day: the continued police violence against black men and women. (I have printed your letter, in full, at the bottom of the post.) You call for us all, but particularly elected city officials, to, in your words: “Listen,” “Self-reflect,” and “Work together.”

ZAP on Zoom

A few takeaways from the discussion about the proposed new Zoning Ordinance at last week’s on-line meeting of the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee.

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