The Newton Forum is a blog “Where residents can politely share their views while using their real names.” Its purpose is to foster civil debate and allow Newtonites to discuss the pertinent issues of the day without being demeaned for holding opinions that are counter to the status quo. I am proud to be a contributor. Here are a few of my musings (from newest to oldest) but please link to the main page to peruse the wealth of offerings by other worthy contributors.
From the Newton TAB June 29, 2016
The push for higher density in Newton is renewed with the Mayor’s recently released housing strategy. But his strategy incorporates the same unsuccessful policies we have seen in so many other cities: the belief that more housing will equal lower costs. The problem is that this oversimplified “supply and demand” equation does not work in real estate. In cities using this strategy, home prices escalate precipitously — from Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; to New York City, Washington D.C., and Boston, Cambridge, and Brookline.
From the last election campaign:
All of Newton’s stakeholders should have a voice in shaping Newton’s future. One of the most important aspects to being an Alderman is to engage residents to better understand their concerns. I have some concrete ideas for how to do that. Working with the City, Aldermen, homeowners, residents, businesses, and business owners we can achieve all our goals for a beautiful and fiscally sound Garden City.