40B, but for housing near transit, sorta

Two state legislators have proposed a new bill that, among other things, would limit municipalities ability to block multi-family housing near transit. Bill SD.1640 would require covered cities and towns — Newton is covered — to create at least one...

MLK Celebration this Monday

The 51st Annual Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration takes place this Monday, Jan. 21, at 9:30 a.m at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre (848 Beacon Street) The event will include musical performances by: the Jubilee Singers; the Monologue...
Jake A. goes wonk on induced demand

Jake A. goes wonk on induced demand

If you received (and read) the most recent edition of Councilor Jake Auchincloss’s newsletter, you got a treat: an informative (and fun!) discussion of the economics of traffic. Go ahead and read it. We’ll wait. As Jake explains, traffic is as much...
Get thee to a Zoning Reform Meeting

Get thee to a Zoning Reform Meeting

Arguably, the upcoming changes to the zoning ordinance — the rules and the map — is the most consequential change to Newton in a generation. (Charter change would have been a contender, had it succeeded.) For that reason, I strongly encourage anyone who...
Mary jane at Mary Ann’s and manufacturing zones

Mary jane at Mary Ann’s and manufacturing zones

The prospect of the bar Mary Ann’s — located just over the Newton line at Cleveland Circle — become a recreational marijuana shop is worrying some abutters and Boston College Police Chief William Evans.

Meanwhile here in Newton Ward 6 Councilor Greg Schwartz sent the email below yesterday to the Newton Highlands list serve in response to objections about his proposal to add some manufacturing zoning districts to the allowable locations for recreational

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