Keep Newton an Open, Welcoming City
Newton prides itself on being an inclusive community, but we risk losing that character as the city becomes increasingly out of reach. To be truly welcoming, Newton needs to provide a broader range of housing options that will allow our older neighbors to downsize in the city they love and attract the younger generation that is missing from our community.
...With Vibrant Village Centers
We want our village centers to be vibrant and inviting for people of all ages. Carefully planned mixed-use development near transit and village centers will attract new retail tenants, generate the foot traffic our small businesses need to thrive, and support improvements like public gathering spots and better sidewalks.
... Environmentally Sustainable Living
We must do what we can at the local level to address climate change and reduce our carbon footprint. We need stricter environmental building codes for new construction, more efficient modes of transportation, and smart land use that includes efficient, multi-unit housing near transit and shopping to reduce automobile dependence.
... And a Solid Fiscal Footing
Newton is facing financial pressures. We need to maintain our terrific public schools, provide fair, competitive contracts for our teachers and other city workers, invest in our roads, and address unfunded pensions and other employee-related liabilities. Expanding revenue through thoughtful growth is essential to meeting our budget challenges.