Mixed Use 40B coming to Washington St.

Mixed Use 40B coming to Washington St.

You might have missed it* in the latest Mayor’s Update from Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, but Mark Development has started the process to develop some Washington St. parcels, including the site of The Barn shoe stores, under Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General...

Some at-large electoral history

For the second time since 2003, all 16 at-large City Council incumbents are running for re-election.* In four races — Wards 2, 3, 5, and 6 — there is a challenger or two. Of the eight incumbents, who’s at the most risk? While past performance is no...

Gender balance on City Council

The current Newton City Council, evenly split between 12 women and 12 men, is the first Newton legislature to have at least half women. Based on the list of officially certified candidates, there could be anywhere from 8 to 16 women on the next city council (with a...
Jeff Speck’s Best Rule

Jeff Speck’s Best Rule

Jeff Speck has a great new book, Walkable City Rules, which is a prescriptive follow up to his terrific Walkable City. As the title Walkable City Rules suggests, the new book is a set of crisp, clear rules for achieving a healthy, walkable city. He’s been...
Downs & Auchincloss to Northland: Fewer Parking Spaces

Downs & Auchincloss to Northland: Fewer Parking Spaces

City Councilors Andrea Downs and Jake Auchincloss have drawn a line at the Northland Development: 1,050 spaces, not 1,450, as is currently planned. In a letter to the developer (full text below), they argue persuasively for the lower number. The City Council’s...
Celebrate Pride Today!

Celebrate Pride Today!

From Bryan Barash, the Newton Human Rights Commission is hosting a flag-raising and ice-cream social to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, with guest of honor David Gaita, a former Burr Elementary School teacher being honored for contributions and commitment to the LGBTQ+...
Candidate bounty for reading The Color of Law

Candidate bounty for reading The Color of Law

As I have been writing and will continue to write that, as a matter of social justice, it’s inconceivable that Newton, in 2019, is planning to re-up single-family zoning for another generation or two or three. As a tool, the history of single-family zoning is...
Two more zoning reform ward meetings

Two more zoning reform ward meetings

Hard working planning staff are wrapping up their ward-by-ward zoning reform road shows with two more meetings, this Thursday and next. If you haven’t been to one (or even if you have), I highly recommend attending. It’s a critical change that the city is planning and you will learn a ton about the why, what, and how of zoning reform. And, you’ll hear what folks in the ward like and are concerned about.  Click through for dates, times, and venues.

Pin It on Pinterest