The following originally appeared as a letter to the editor in this week’s Newton TAB. Reprinted with permission.
In a recent newsletter, Mayor Fuller informs us that the plan for Riverside has been scaled back in response to “neighbors’ concerns,” which “also means a reduction in community benefits.” She suggests attending the next City Council hearing, if we “want to be involved.” I can almost hear, “Or whatever.”
The lack of enthusiasm in the Mayor’s message is unsettling. A year ago, she signed the Metro Mayors Coalition Housing Task Force Compact with 14 other area leaders (housingtaskforce.mapc.org), affirming the dire regional housing shortage and pledging to do all she could to alleviate it.
At the time, she told the Boston Globe that housing proposals in Newton faced tough neighborhood opposition, but she had faith in the
The sign reads:
RIVERSIDE DEVELOPMENT: DON’T LET CITY HALL BRING LAS VEGAS TO NEWTON!!!!
In a multi-pronged proposal to the City Council’s joint Zoning & Planning and Land Use committee meeting Tuesday, the Right Size Riverside committee (also known as Lower Falls Improvement Association) started its presentation for the Riverside MBTA station site (city documents here) with an usual request..
Don’t call the Riverside MBTA site a “Transit Oriented Development.”
Here’s how Right Sized explained its request in a memo…
“…Riverside is not robust. Located at the terminus of the Green Line D Branch, with long travel times to most major centers of employment, and with only one MBTA bus line stopping at Riverside only
Organizers of Saturday’s Porch Fest and at least some of their hosts are peeved that the anti-development group RightSize Riverside have been trying to politicize the event. Here’s an email organizers sent today.
Dear PorchFest hosts:
You may have received “RightSize Riverside” flyers this afternoon with a note encouraging you to distribute them at PorchFest.
We did not provide your contact information to the RightSize Riverside organization! It appears as if the Right Size Riverside obtained the addresses of all PorchFest hosts from the published map and brochure and elected to drop off flyers without our approval.
We feel very strongly that PorchFest is all about music and community. We received several
During every special permit process in Newton (and other municipalities) comes a time when the project’s developer seeks to hammer out an agreement with (in our case) the city council that will earn them the needed 2/3rd votes to move forward. Typically, this includes...
The City of Newton Planning Department and their Vision Plan Consultant, CivicMoxie, presented their Riverside Vision Plan on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019. To find out more about this plan, visit the following link: newtonma.gov/gov/planning/current/riverside_vision_plan.asp
Riverside Vision Plan Meeting Three: April 30, 2019 from NewTV on Vimeo.
The Final Presentation of the Vision Plan for Riverside will take place on Tuesday (April 30) at 7 p.m. at Williams Elementary School, 141 Grove Street. Details here....
In addition to releasing a statement today regarding the MBTA’s proposed bus changes, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller also shared these thoughts regarding the Newton Public Schools latest enrollment projections. (bold added below for emphasis)
The school enrollment forecast is critical, and it’s done thoughtfully, seriously and in-depth each year.
The Enrollment Analysis Report in November and the Enrollment Planning and Class Size Report issued this week show that while we have to