From a story on the CityLab website….
To understand local housing politics over the past several decades, consider a recent study out of Boston University. Political science professor Katherine Levine Einstein surveyed all of the minutes for zoning and planning meetings about housing across 97 cities and counties in Massachusetts…
“In every single city and county we studied, the advantaged dominated the proceedings,” Einstein said at a recent Brookings Institution panel on housing. Residents who are older, men, longtime residents, local voters, and homeowners are much more likely to participate in these meetings. And they are much more likely to oppose new construction than the general public.
Residents who oppose new housing are also
Here’s the video of Northland’s presentation to the City Council’s Land Use Committee showing its proposed changes to its Needham Street mixed use project, followed by public comment.
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Here’s a column I wrote for the TAB about how a very tight labor marking may impact Newton businesses in 2019. And here’s one excerpt…
The good news is local business is booming. Generally speaking, our merchants, restaurants owners and many other businesses operating in our village centers and commercial districts report that 2018 was a good year.
The bad news is that an alarmingly large number of those same employers say their ability to be successful in 2019 will largely hinge — not on their ability to attract enough customers — but their ability to find enough employees.
Tuesday’s Land Use Committee meeting had two interesting agenda items on its agenda – the presentation of the Northland project and the final committee vote on Cypress Tree, the proposed medical marijuana clinic on Route 9 — and, thankfully, NewTV recorded it all!
- The Cypress Tree debate and vote starts at the 27:45 mark
- The Northland presentation begins at the 72:55 mark
Northland Investment Company has released this video (no audio) illustrating its proposed 22 acre project along Needham and Oak Streets.
Thee proposed project includes thirteen buildings, ranging in height from three to eight stories with 822 residential units (15 percent affordable) in a combination of town houses and apartment buildings. Of the total
City officials have tried to curb the demolition of historic homes by imposing delays on knockdowns — partly to preserve some of Newton’s stately Victorian and Italianate homes, partly to stave off the rise of new homes filling out local neighborhoods.
But officials are cutting developers and property owners some slack under the delay rule by