Unfortunate echos of white flight language

As I testified recently — and subsequently posted, the history of zoning is steeped in racism, both in intent and impact. Choosing to re-authorize exclusionary zoning with knowledge of that history is, arguably, an intentional act to perpetuate the racist intent...

Ward 6 Ward Councilor debate — some takeaways

If you haven’t already, please go watch the Ward 6 candidates forum between incumbent Brenda Noel and challenger and long-time activist Lisa Gordon, hosted by the Newton League of Women Voters and produced by NewTV Government. These fora are almost always...
Washington St. zoning and race

Washington St. zoning and race

This week, a local activist said I should be whipped. At Monday’s public hearing of the Zoning and Planning Committee of the Newton City Council covering zoning changes for West Newton, a number of people used language like “preserving neighborhood...

Feedback on our Ward 5 primary election coverage?

We did some things with the Ward 5 ward councilor primary election that we have not done, or have not done comprehensively for a single race: forum video coverage and analysis, web site analysis, candidate questions. What did you like? What was effective? What would...

Ward 5, a look at the numbers

The three candidates in today’s Ward 5 ward councilor race were separated by 54 votes first (Bill Humphrey) to third (Rena Getz), out of 1413 votes cast. The difference between first and second (Kathy Winters) was just 8 votes. And, second and third were...

Humphrey, Winters best Getz

According to the city’s unofficial results, Bill Humphrey with 491 votes and Kathy Winters with 483 are moving on to the general election for Ward 5 ward councilor. Rena Getz earned 437 votes....

Ward 5 primary — implications

As we wind down to polls closing, there are going to be broader winners and losers than just among the three candidates. With the sharp distinction between Rena Getz on one side and Bill Humphrey and, to a lesser extent, Kathy Winters on the other, this can fairly be...

Ward 5 primary — predictions

The polls are open for the Ward 5 ward councilor primary and, after a few weeks of serious policy posts, time for some horse-race stuff. Predict the order of finish and percentages, vote totals if you’re bold. Enduring fame to the most accurate....

Ward 5 candidate web site takeaways

If you are a voter in Ward 5 and haven’t read the candidate web sites, please stop what you’re doing and go read them. Kathy Winters’. Rena Getz’s. Bill Humphrey’s. It won’t take long. Then come back and share your thoughts. I have...
Sunrise Boston endorses Humphrey

Sunrise Boston endorses Humphrey

The Boston chapter of the Sunrise Movement has endorsed Ward 5 ward councilor candidate Bill Humphrey. Humphrey was one of just six regional candidates for municipal election to earn and endorsement.

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