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Balser taking the lead on the state’s ‘Safe Communities’ bill

Balser taking the lead on the state’s ‘Safe Communities’ bill

Newton State Rep. Ruth Balser, one of the lead sponsors of a bill to limit the ability of local police to participate in federal immigration enforcement is "optimistic" about the bills chances, according to this State House News story published by WGBH.   "I think that everyone would like to make sure the people who live in Massachusetts can trust their local police...

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When a ‘conversation’ is not really a ‘conversation’

When a ‘conversation’ is not really a ‘conversation’

First, Right Size Newton withdrew from plans to debate its upcoming referendum at a forum sponsored forum. Yesterday, we learned that Right Size also declined to appear along side Yes For Newton's Future before the Boston University Journalism Class that's covering Newton for the Boston Globe.  Then last night Right Size announced on Facebook that it is organizing...

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Before telephones there were still fires

Before telephones there were still fires

Today I attended this event at the "Telegraph" mill building in Upper Falls.  This is the mill building at the corner of Chestnut and Oak Street. It was a treat to get in there.  For the last year,a huge amount of work has been done redeveloping and refurbishing the exterior of the building and they've done a great job.  Today I got to see the inside. I was in there...

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Northland is Good for Biking in Newton

Bike Newton’s mission is to make biking in Newton safer and promote bicycling as a viable mode of transportation. The Bike Newton steering committee has voted to endorse the Northland development. We believe Northland will have a positive impact on the safety and viability of bicycling in Newton because it will: Enhance Connections to the Upper Falls Greenway...

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.. and now for something completely different

We have a referendum question coming up on March 3.  Most local talk - this site, Facebook, NextDoor, list serves, neighbors, lawn signs are all about the upcoming Northland vote.  We definitely won't ignore the referendum in the remaining weeks but we'd like to offer you a chance to change the subject - at least for a few minutes. I'm soliciting guests posts on any...

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Tales from Austin Street

Tales from Austin Street

Back when Northland was just a twinkle in an architect's eye. Back when Riverside was just a deal that fell through. Before Riverdale and Washington Place and Dunstan East. Before Right Size Newton and Voters for a Vibrant Newton. At a time when many housing activists on both sides of the debate were first cutting their teeth and getting their bearings at City...

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Right Size turns down another invite to debate Northland project

Right Size turns down another invite to debate Northland project

This note appeared this morning at the end of the Boston Globe’s Newton Report email newsletter..

Here’s an update from Boston University Adjunct Professor Gail Spector on her journalism class and its coverage of Newton:

Much to our disappointment, we were unable to host a debate between the opposing sides of the Northland ballot question in class this week because the “no” side was unable to provide someone to present its case.

As a result, students have only heard arguments in favor of the Northland development.  We did our best read more

Grossman announces Newton endorsements

Becky Grossman’s campaign announced that four of her colleagues on the Newton City Council and a member of the Newton School Committee have endorsed her campaign for Congress. Grossman’s endorsers include: City Councilor David Kalis City Councilor Lisle Baker City Councilor Josh Krintzman City Councilor and former Council President Marc Laredo School Committee...

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Early voting starts Monday

Early voting both for the March 3 Presidential Primary (Super Tuesday) and the Northland referendum begins on Monday, Feb. 24. Voters can cast both their ballots at City Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Feb. 27, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. You can also vote on Tuesday, March 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at your...

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The Progressive Case for Housing

The Progressive Case for Housing

I wanted to share some links I put together as sort of a primer on why progressives should and do care about housing, both affordable and in general.  For those who would like to better understand the progressive roots of the movement to allow more housing, I would suggest some reading as you're making your decision on the Northland question.  Links to Better...

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