LWV forum takeways — Ward 6 at-large

If you haven’t already, please go watch the Ward 6 candidates forum among Councilors Vicki Danberg (aka Dewberg*) and Greg Schwartz and challenger Alicia Bowman, competing for the two Ward 6 at-large councilor seats. This is another useful discussion in the...

Fix congestion? Maybe not.

I’ve been to a lot of public meetings, read a lot of campaign materials, and watched a lot of candidate forums. There seems to be near-unanimous consensus that we’ve got to fix traffic congestion in Newton and that new development can’t make traffic...

Jake and the shelves

Apropos of the attention he’s getting, I share this anecdote about Jake Auchincloss. A few years ago, I was doing a shift at the then twice-yearly swap event at Rumford when Jake rolled up with his then fiancée. In the back seat was a nice set of shelves they...

LWV forum takeways — Ward 5 at-large

If you haven’t already, please go watch the Ward 5 candidates forum among Councilors Deb Crossley and Andreae Downs and challenger (and former Alderman) Paul Coletti, competing for the two Ward 5 at-large councilor seats. This is a particularly entertaining and...

What do you want from your next US Rep?

What are the top three qualities you want to see in the replacement for U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy III, who will be challenging Senator Ed Markey in 2020, as Newton’s representative to Congress?

The Riverside Shakedown, aka the #lennytax

I’m beginning to doubt the concerns about developer omnipotence. A development-skeptical activist and an at-large councilor walked into a the Mark Development office recently and left with enormous changes to the Riverside development, without conceding anything themselves.

LWV forum takeaways — Ward 3 ward councilor

If you haven’t already, please go watch the Ward 3 candidates forum between Julia Malackie and Carolina Ventura, competing to fill the seat vacated by Barbara Brousal-Glaser. This is another of the nearly always informative forums hosted by the Newton League of...

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...