City of Newton is — finally — looking to upgrade its website!

Finally, here’s something we can all agree about: The city’s website leaves a lot to be desired. The good news is the city leaders are finally planning a major redesign with a planned upgrade. The project will probably take just over a year to complete. And they say they “really want to know what you expect and need out of the city website.” So they’ve created this survey for input. Responses will be collected through Aug. 6. Vote early and often.
Sometimes Armageddon never arrives

Sometimes Armageddon never arrives

The predictions were dire. Anxious residents packed community meetings; panicked about endless gridlock, cars choking their quiet residential neighborhoods, a parking free-for-all on neighborhood side streets and that perception that no was listening to them.

The fear is understandable. Whenever something big moves into an underutilized site of old parking lots and vacant buildings, it’s hard to imagine how the surrounding vicinity will handle the new-found influx of new workers, residents and customers.

So it’s understandable that when

Is this really the NewCAL ‘process?’

I received a report from an attendee that here was an event last night for city council candidates to ask questions of department heads. One of the candidates was told that the list for NewCAL was narrowed to six locations yesterday, with an announcement coming...

Fuller acknowledges Newton’s ‘poor grades on a housing report card’

This just in from Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s weekly email newsletter …

The Boston Foundation recently released its Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019 looking at housing affordability and housing production in the 147 cities and towns in the five counties surrounding Boston.

We’re expensive. More specifically, the Report found that metro-Boston, which includes Newton, is one of the nation’s most expensive places to buy (4th in the U.S.) or rent (3rd in the U.S.). The authors highlighted that the limited supply of housing stock and high cost contributes to persistent racial segregation.

The Report evaluated each city and town. Newton had low scores except for

Globe: 15 communities help address housing crisis (spoiler: Newton not on list)

From Sunday’s Boston Globe

A recent report highlighting the need for more local housing production found that from 2013 to 2017, 15 municipalities issued more than half the building permits in the state. Boston led the way, followed by Cambridge, Plymouth, Watertown, Everett, Weymouth, Somerville, Burlington, Chelsea, Framingham, Hopkinton, Middleborough, Quincy, Arlington, and Canton.

and here’s a key quote:

The recent report “demonstrates the power that local communities have to

LWV criticizes council’s ‘non-transparent, rushed process’ to raise its own pay

LWV criticizes council’s ‘non-transparent, rushed process’ to raise its own pay

Marcia Johnson,  President, League of Women Voters of Newton, presented the following letter to the Programs and Services Committee Wednesday evening. 

On June 19, 2019, two members of the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) observed a meeting held by the City Council’s Programs and Services Committee regarding the recommendation of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Salaries. Our comments below are

Study: Most new apartment buildings have too much parking

The Boston Globe’s Tim Logan writes about  a study  by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, which surveyed nearly 200 apartment buildings inside Route 128 and found that about 30 percent of their parking spaces go unused, even in the wee hours of the morning,...

Transit along Washington St in Newton

I have posted a site about transit that primarily extracts and organizes data: Transit along Washington St in Newton MA The purpose of this data site is to supply information about transit along Washington St in Newton MA since that data sometimes takes significant...

Here’s who’s running in Newton city elections this fall

Nominations for 24 city council and eight school committee seats have closed Here’s a complete list of all the candidates who have qualified to be on the ballot (barring anyone withdrawing), according to City Clerk David Olson as of 5:01 p.m. today.

There will be only one preliminary election contest (Ward 5 only for the Ward Councilor seat) on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 

On Tuesday Nov. 5, voters city-wide will

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