Why I Support Amy Sangiolo for Mayor

How Amy Sangiolo differs from the other candidates.


Globe – Lowell should dismantle ‘majority rule’ system

The Charter Commission wants all of Newton’s councilors to be elected at-large (by the whole city). But that system has worked out very badly in Lowell.


Abutters’ Letter: Case Law against “Buffer Zones”

After Robert Korff amended his petition to include a “buffer zone” intended to nullify the abutters’ protest, the abutters submitted this letter to the Newton Legal Department. It cites judgments from other states against the use of “buffer zones.”


Abutters’ Second Protest Letter

After Robert Korff amended his petition to include a “buffer zone” intended to nullify the abutters’ protest, the abutters submitted this new protest.

 


The Proposed Newton Charter — Vote NO!

The proposed new Charter would eliminate genuine local (ward) representation. That amounts to throwing out a cornerstone of our democratic system.


Does Ward Representation Make Sense for Newton

Data from America’s Best cities shows that 60% have ward representation. Plus similar data for Massachusetts cities.


Briefing Book 0 – Introduction

NBN Briefing Book — Main Issues and Table of Contents


Briefing Book 1 – Context

NBN Briefing Book 1 — The Context of Our Opposition


Briefing Book 2 – Resident Sentiment

NBN Briefing Book 2 — What Newton Residents Want


Briefing Book 3 – Housing

NBN Briefing Book 3 — Affordable Housing: Real Problem / Unreal Solution


Briefing Book 4 – Transportation

NBN Briefing Book 4 — Transportation: Private and Public


Briefing Book 5 – Fiscal Issues

NBN Briefing Book 5 — Fiscal Issues


Briefing Book 6 – Legal Issues

NBN Briefing Book 6 — Legal Issues


Briefing Book 7 – Historic District and Abutters

NBN Briefing Book 7 – Historic District and Abutters


Briefing Book 8 – Chemical Contamination

NBN Briefing Book 8 — Chemical Contamination


City Councilors — Contact Information

Names of the 2017 City Councilors with email and phone contact information.


How much density is allowed?

Peter Harrington explains how many apartments are allowed under existing zoning versus proposed zoning. Plus figures on Mr. Korff’s overpayment for the Orr block.


Orr Block Impact on Parking

‘Washington Place’ Impact on Parking: Peter Bruce carefully analyzes the considerable negative impact that the Orr Block proposal (‘Washington Place’) will have on parking in Newtonville Center.


Transit-oriented Development

Transit-oriented Development: Not for Newtonville because we don’t have the requisite public transit capability. September 2016.


Introductory Remarks

Introductory remarks — by Helen Nayar — remarks presented at an NBN  presentation to Newton’s Land Use Committee on June 7, 2016


Housing

A Primer for 40B, the ‘Anti-Snob’ Law that doesn’t work — by Kathleen Kouril-Greiser and Julia Malakie — beginner’s guide to our State’s critically important ‘anti-snob’ housing law.


Editorial Commentary & Insights

Put a Temporary Hold on Zoning in Newton by Fred Arnstein. The Newton TAB, June 26, 2016

Negative Impacts of Newton’s Housing Strategy by Lynne LeBlanc. Wicked Local Newton, July 9, 2016.


Petition

Petition in opposition to the size and scale of the proposed Orr Block development (and the many Special Permit waivers required to build it). Click here to sign this petition.


Media Coverage

Developer to address low-level contamination at Newtonville’s Orr block by Jonathan Dame, The Newton TAB, July 29, 2016