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Lime Bikes ditches traditional pedals for ebikes

Lime Bikes ditches traditional pedals for ebikes

Lime Bikes is now only renting electric-powered models ebikes, which use a small motor to give riders a boost as they accelerate or go up a hill, the Boston Globe reports.

But the switch will come with one big drawback for riders: the electric bikes are more expensive. According to the company’s app, they cost $1 at the start and 15 cents a minute, compared to $1 for 30 minutes on a traditional bike.

 

Eric Bourassa, transportation director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, a regional agency that organized the bike-rental system, said the read more

Newton City Council seeks to protect us from nukes & plastic stirrers

Battles over development, zoning and, last year, recreational marijuana can be plenty bruising in Newton.  But next Tuesday, Newton's City Council will deliberate actual war (page two here)....   COUNCILOR LEARY requesting a Resolution to the federal government to freeze plans to spend over a trillion dollars rebuilding the US nuclear arsenal and instead to adopt a...

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Why are developers only building luxury housing???

Why are developers only building luxury housing???

Lots of complaints about 'luxury apartments' in the previous thread, so this article (Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing?) immediately came to mind.  It begins with this sentence: Stop me if you've heard this one before: "Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." Sound...

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The reality of seniors and housing

The recent statement from this presentation from Right Sized Newton (page 12) that “… seniors overwhelmingly DO NOT WANT to live in luxury high-rise rental apartments” is simply not true. I say this based on academic background; extended membership/ leadership of the Newton Council on Aging; 25 years as a caregiver; my research/publications on getting older; and the...

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Waban Area Council Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Discussion Postponed

In an earlier post on Village 14, it was reported that, at the Waban Area Council Meeting to be held on Thursday, April 11, "the developers of a proposed Recreational Marijuana Dispensary at 1158 Beacon Street (IQ Kitchen/Jaylin Cleaners site) will present their plans and take questions."  In an email today (Wednesday, April 10), Waban Area Council President, Kathy...

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How would new developments impact our schools? Find out tonight or read the report now

In February, Newton Mayor Fuller made an announcement that surprised more than a few people. She reported the results of a demographic study showing that Newton Public Schools will have no difficulty accommodating an influx of students even if four proposed or pending mixed-use developments are approved by the City Council. In fact, without the additional students...

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Auchincloss: ‘To argue for less traffic but more parking is not logically coherent’

Auchincloss: ‘To argue for less traffic but more parking is not logically coherent’

Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss sent this to his colleagues following Tuesday's night Land Use Committee meeting about Northland's traffic mitigation plans. Hi colleagues, Last night was a long night and no one, including me, felt like hearing Jake talk about parking at 10:30PM. However, I want to respond with three points to the comments we heard that...

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Calling dancers and musicians

On Saturday, April 13th at 2:00pm on the third floor of the Newton Free Library, we will gather to collaborate and brainstorm on building a dance to perform around the periphery of Crystal Lake. The performance will be on Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at 11am. Read on!   The CRYSTAL LAKE COMMUNITY DANCE PROJECT produced by the Newton Choreographers Collective as part of...

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My name is Tarik Lucas and I am running for Newton City Council At-Large from Ward 2.

My name is Tarik Lucas and I am running for Newton City Council At-Large from Ward 2.

Hi, My name is Tarik Lucas and I am running for Newton City Council At-Large from Ward 2. Seeing as how most of the readers of Village 14 don’t know who I am, let me tell you a little about myself. I moved to Newton in 2009 and I have enjoyed living in the Garden City over that time span. During the day you can find me at Harvard University Press in Cambridge where...

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Head down to swinging Auburndale on Saturday

Head down to swinging Auburndale on Saturday

  "Elegant." "Riveting." "Soulful." "Classic mastery." These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy Novick. Together as a duo for more than forty years,  Guy and Billy have performed in concerts, clubs and festivals all over North America and Europe....

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Newton’s Nexus Bus:  Why did it fail?

Newton’s Nexus Bus: Why did it fail?

There’s been a lot of discussion lately regarding Newton's defunct Nexus Bus system, which ran from 1997 until 2003, and how the disappointing ridership on the Nexus might foreshadow problems with the four-shuttle system being proposed by Northland. But really, there are major differences between the two systems and the times. The Nexus Bus* was funded by a federal...

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