Taking Charge of Newton’s Future Starting with Washington Street
I’m very excited to begin work on the future of Washington Street with all of you, our local businesses, City Councilors, and Principle Group, the consulting firm we just hired to create zoning along this important corridor that links neighborhoods from West Newton Square to Newton Corner.
I believe deeply in pro-active master planning and zoning to guarantee developers conform to our vision for Newton.
Russell Preston and the staff at the Principle Group have a unique track record of effective, intensive neighborhood involvement. They will be helping us do something really difficult – develop consensus on the mix of office; retail and housing; building heights and density; automobile, bicycle, pedestrian and mass transit strategies; open space; and other issues from the vibrancy of Washington Street’s village centers to encouraging arts & culture and small, local businesses. I want to thank the City Council for approving on Monday night my request to hire this firm.
I have to ask for your help too. There will be a lot of opportunities for all of you to be heard and to help shape the future or Washington Street. We need to look at a lot of different options, think deeply, talk thoughtfully (even when we start from contrary points of view), and come up with a great plan. Keep watching this space for updates on the project.