Do these look like historic landmarks to you?

On Jan. 2, one day after she was sworn in to the Newton City Council, the newly elected Ward 3 Councilor Julia Malakie filed an “urgent” request with the Newton Historical Commission to landmark the Washington Street used car dealership pictured above and six other West Newton Buildings for landmark status.

Also on Malakie’s list is this property at 978 Watertown Street


…also on Councilor Malakie’s urgent landmark list is the

Flora’s to open in W. Newton

While we can mourn the loss of Lumiere, we have a name for the new concept moving in where Coney Island had been. It’s called Flora’s and I missed the post on Boston Restaurant Talk when it hit a few weeks back, but it looks to be a 20-seat concept that,...
Why we need to rethink our streets

Why we need to rethink our streets

Tuesday afternoon I was sitting at the stoplight at Cherry and Washington waiting to turn left from Washington to Cherry. The all-walk was lit and a man in an electric wheelchair was trying to cross the street from the corner next to the Cherry Tree restaurant to...

Thank you Officer Adam Gabriel

I don’t typically write about my daily life here, but this story is too good to pass up.

My wife and I drove to West Newton last Saturday. We parked in front of Harris Cyclery and went to the Farmers Market, followed by L’Aroma and then Sweet Tomatoes. All in all, it was a flavorful way to spend part of our Saturday.

But when we got back to my car, about 90 minutes later, there was an unsigned note on my dashboard from a good citizen saying my car was

Fuller eyes plan to convert armory into affordable housing

Fuller eyes plan to convert armory into affordable housing

From Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s budget announcement:

I am excited to announce that we will explore preserving the National Guard Armory building on Washington Street at the edge of West Newton Square and repurposing it as 100 percent affordable housing so more people of modest means can make this good city of Newton their home. The commonwealth is willing to sell the building to the city for $1 only if it is used for affordable housing, a use in which I believe deeply, and which also allows the city to control what happens to this important building.

Patch’s Jenna Fisher has more here.