Thorny problems need out-of-the-box solutions. We all know housing prices in Newton are off the charts—the median purchase price for a house in Newton today is a whopping $1.1 million. Meantime there’s a severe shortage of apartments for younger people, working people earning less than a top income, and seniors who want to downsize but have nowhere to go. And the city’s stock of affordable housing is woefully short of what is ethically and legally right.
Co-housing and other forms of shared and cooperative housing.
Newton is on its way to sustainability but we need to commit to whatever it takes to make the city truly green. Here are some of the most important ways.
A biking city. We need to commit to making more and better bike lanes on every major artery in Newton and to implementing a long-planned bike-share program. If biking were safe and truly feasible in terms of connecting us to where we need to go, more and more of our residents would bike to school and work. With more business development planned for our major thoroughfare...
Newton’s public schools are considered among the best in the state. In fact, the quality of
its schools is one of the main reasons young families move to the city.
Yet families with young kids consistently tell me they face two hurdles around their
children’s education in Newton: daycare and less than full-day kindergarten.
What can the city do?
Community Supported Daycare. Private daycare for two working parents in
Newton can cost as much as a college education! This shouldn’t have to be the
case. Let’s work to create pub...
I run a media production company in Newton and understand the demands of running a small business. My company, StormPort Productions, produces videos for businesses, camps, non-profits, and individuals; many of my clients, vendors, and independent contractors are right here in Newton. During my schooling, I worked at local restaurants: Baker’s Best, now gone from Newton Highlands, and Johnny’s in Newton Centre.
Our city has a thriving business community but, like in every American city and town, there are challenges. On-line...
As Newton’s population ages—and it’s aging rapidly—the city must be more responsive and forceful in terms of meeting the needs of our long-term residents. By 2030, more than 30% of Newton’s population will be 60 or older. Most of them, if recent demographics prove to be correct, will want to stay right here as they age. And why shouldn’t they? This is where they have friends, religious and social communities, roots.
But there are challenges for our aging residents. They’re asking: Where will they go if they downsize? There’s...
Great as your home life might be, sometimes you just need a place to go in the evening. Especially if you’re a teenager and ought to be somewhere other than hanging out in a convenience store parking lot. Or an adult who’d like to unwind from work with something besides a beer and an hour of Netflix. Or a retiree who has plenty of energy and would love an evening of conversation or cards or backgammon.
Where in our city can you go? We’ve got community centers and adult education and public access to athletic facilities in the...
Who doesn’t love a great street fair? A food-themed festival? A lively block party where all the neighbors haul out grills and folding tables and have a chance to attach names to faces to house numbers? A night of dancing under the stars or a concert on the green?
Newton has great people. Let’s get to know each other! Let’s create programs that engage all sectors of the population and all household configurations. (30% of our households are non-family households.) Let’s team up with other local institutions to expand our city...