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Julie Cohen on why there haven’t been any letters in The TAB

The Newton TAB's Julie Cohen sent me an email this evening with the message line "incorrect info" in reference to my post from last week about lack of letters to the editor and local columns in the print edition.    Her full response is below. Mark Marderosian was very much paid for his submitted cartoons. Andy and I filled out his invoices. You wrote they were...

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Fuller to T:  Better Bus plan isn’t necessarily better for Newton

Fuller to T: Better Bus plan isn’t necessarily better for Newton

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller is raising concerns about several proposed changes to MBTA bus routes serving the Newton and neighboring communities. The changes are part of the T's Better Bus Project, a system wide initiative the transit agency describes as a "first step in our efforts to improve bus service and the system as a whole," which, if approved, would go into...

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The “vision” test of commenting on Hello Washington Street Draft 2

The “vision” test of commenting on Hello Washington Street Draft 2

Before even getting to the substance of the content, my first comment on the second draft of the Washington Street "Vision" was on the difficulty of actually reading it. Maybe it works better on one of those huge double-wide computer screens (anyone got one?), but on my MacBook Pro, the document is in a windowpane (is that the term?) embedded in a Planning...

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Zoning and the future of transportation

Zoning and the future of transportation

Last week in West Newton the city held a discussion around the changes both proposed and underway for the village center. Unfortunately, I had a previous engagement and couldn't make it, though I listened to much of the conversation through the Facebook feed.  The concerns center around two main issues. First is the types of buildings, both in terms of size and use,...

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Candidate bounty for reading The Color of Law

Candidate bounty for reading The Color of Law

As I have been writing and will continue to write that, as a matter of social justice, it's inconceivable that Newton, in 2019, is planning to re-up single-family zoning for another generation or two or three. As a tool, the history of single-family zoning is inextricably linked to really awful housing segregation that has had profound and lasting negative impact on...

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Is it true that no one writes letters to the TAB anymore?

Not that long ago, the letters to the editor section was one of the most vibrant and seemingly best read parts of the Newton TAB.  During my more than a decade there the biggest struggle for editors was finding a way to fit all of that week's correspondence into two pages, along with a seemly endless flood of requests to submit oped columns from various community...

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Up next: Marijuana cafes?

The advisory board to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission is backing the creation of cannabis cafes and pot-consumption events, voting unanimously for the state to develop regulations around the licenses, the Boston Business Journal reports. Discuss...

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Norton: I am seriously concerned that Newton will jeopardize $26M that we are in a very strong position to receive

Norton: I am seriously concerned that Newton will jeopardize $26M that we are in a very strong position to receive

Writing on a West Newton online forum, Councilor Emily Norton suggests that Mayor Ruthanne Fuller may be putting MBTA funding at risk by suggesting that developers would pay to upgrade Newton's three commuter rail stations.  "[W]hen MassDOT signals that they will pay for new stations, the smart thing for local officials to do is to continue to remind them of that...

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Mayor Fuller: Here’s an update on Washington Street

In advance of tonight’s meeting (Feb. 27, 6:45 p.m. at the Franklin School) Mayor Fuller provided this update on the Washington Street visioning process.

We embarked in May 2018 on a planning process for Washington Street. The goal is to provide the City Council with new zoning in the Spring of 2019 that represents our dreams and vision for this important corridor.

We are very aware that while we are planning, Washington Street is changing. The City Council has already approved both Washington Place at Washington Street and Walnut, as well as a three-story headquarters for Mark Development with a restaurant at the Santander Bank location in West Newton.

Where are we right now? The planning team that has been working with our residents, businesses, and the City Council has read more





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