We hope you are doing well and enjoying a safe and relaxing summer. As we begin to emerge from the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are renewed signs of vibrancy all across our city.
In Newtonville for example, an incredible rejuvenation is underway. Bram Way, once simply an entrance to a parking lot, is now a gathering point for everyone, including students, families, those working on laptops, and people of all ages who just want to enjoy the space. Across the Pike, there’s TRIO, which is home to MIDA, a Black-owned business where one of America’s best chefs now cooks up dinner every night, and to The Barn, the shoe store that has been there for generations of Newtonians, now in a new and more prominent location. Elsewhere in the city outdoor dining has been a hit; in Nonantum, Newton Centre, the Highlands, West Newton, and all across our city, people are interacting and dining in sidewalk cafes.
Success across these areas does not happen by accident. It happens because community members and local elected officials work together to create great places for people to spend time.
That’s what Voters for a Vibrant Newton is about and we want to see more of this kind of activity happening in all 13 villages. That means supporting candidates who promote thriving village centers, which provide the widest range of housing diversity and environmental sustainability.