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City council candidate columns: Maria Scibelli Greenberg

We have invited all candidates running for contested seats in the upcoming Newton election to submit a guest post to Village 14.  The format and content of the post is entirely up to them. City Council candidate Maria Scibelli Greenberg who is running for the ward seat in Ward 1, has submitted this column and video (produced by her son Matteo Greenberg): Constituent...

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Two for the road

Two for the road

Sorry, but I'm an infrastructure junkie, and when I see or hear about things that are not quite right, well . . . Case 1:  The City has installed traffic calming improvements on Fuller Street between Commonwealth Avenue and Chestnut Street.  These protuberances narrow the street at several places and are designed to slow people down. The concept is sound. But here's...

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Building climate change resilience

Note: This is not a campaign pitch! It's about her full-time job. Emily Norton and Vernon Walker have an excellent article in Commonwealth Magazine about how communities can build climate change resiliency into their local geographies. It's worth a look.  One quote: Many of the most effective and inexpensive solutions to building climate resilience involve bringing...

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Should we prohibit new mansions and “McMansions” in Newton?

Should we prohibit new mansions and “McMansions” in Newton?

The Newton homeowner with the highest annual property tax bill pays $205,070 for their 17,802 square foot home built in 2004 in Newton Corner on 2 acres, which is over 16 times the average Newton property tax bill of $12,392. Should we tell future energy-hogging plutocrats that they can’t build mansions and McMansions here in the future? Our new proposed zoning...

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CPA Facts

I’m Vice Chair of the City of Newton Community Preservation Committee.  I’d like to provide some facts that are relevant to Mayor Fuller’s proposal to use Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds to purchase 17 acres of Webster Woods from Boston College.  (Full disclosure:  I’m also a board member of the Newton Conservators.  The board supports Mayor Fuller’s...

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Mayor to brief CPC on Webster Woods tonight

Mayor to brief CPC on Webster Woods tonight

Tonight October 10, 7 PM Newton Mayor Ruthanne  will brief the Newton Community Preservation Committee (CPC) about the proposal for the city to purchase 17.4 acres of land to preserve Webster Woods, with $15.2 million in bonds. The hearing will take place in the City Council chamber at City Hall and is open to the public. Read the Mayor’s statement Read the full...

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City Council candidate columns: Emily Norton

We have invited all candidates running for contested seats in the upcoming Newton election to submit a guest post to Village 14.  The format and content of the post is entirely up to them. City Council candidate Emily Norton who is running for the ward seat in Ward 2, has submitted this video: Decision 2019: Emily Norton from NewTV Government on Vimeo.

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Saturday Night at the Races (Candidate Races, that is!)

If you find yourself at the end of October still not 100% sure who you want to vote for in all the contested City Council races, here's another opportunity to see a whole lot of candidates at once!  No speeches or debates, just conversations with candidates running for Ward and Citywide Council seats, for ALL races, contested and uncontested.   It's called Saturday...

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Fix congestion? Maybe not.

I've been to a lot of public meetings, read a lot of campaign materials, and watched a lot of candidate forums. There seems to be near-unanimous consensus that we've got to fix traffic congestion in Newton and that new development can't make traffic (significantly) worse. Maybe it's time to rethink congestion, reject the underlying premise, and change the frame.  ...

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