learn ABOut ZONINg

& Newton history

[Rev. 10/24/20]

Newton Materials


  • 11/17/20 talk by Richard Rothstein about his 2017 book, followed by Q&A, then talk with Richard Evans, Newton native and former resident of "The Village," the historic Black Newton neighborhood destroyed by Mass Pike construction in the 1960s; then overview of Zoning Redesign by Councilor Deb Crossley, Chair of ZAP (Zoning & Planning Committee). The event was sponsored by the Newton Free LibraryFORJ, and the LWVN (League of Women Voters of Newton), and was part of the forum series "Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton."

  • Learning from Successful Strategies (Building a Better Brookline forum, 7/26/20)—​How Somerville, MA, and Minneapolis, MN, pursued zoning reform and increasing the affordable housing supply, from perspectives of both planning and advocacy.

  • Can 40R help address our housing shortage? (4/9/20 Newton-Needham Chamber panel with Bill ReyeltPrincipal Planner, Smart Growth Programs, MA Dept. of Housing & Community DevelopmentJulie Mercier, Community Devel. Director, ReadingDavid Gillespie, VP–Development, AvalonBay.

Websites, Studies, Reports

  • MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Association)

  • Metro Mayors Coalition Housing Compact. "After factoring in the housing demand created by... new workers, the increasing number of senior households, and the changing needs of existing residents, we estimate that the [15 municipalities of the] Metro Mayors Coalition will need to add 185,000 housing units from 2015–2030 in order to meet demand and reduce—or at least stabilize—housing costs."​ [Newton is one of the 15.]

  • MHP (Massachusetts Housing Partnership)

  • TODEX (Transit-Oriented Development Explorer)

  • Supply Skepticism (NYU Furman Center, 2018)—report responding in depth to key arguments of those who doubt increasing supply of market-rate housing will result in housing that is more affordable.

Housing & Zoning Videos

General Articles, Podcasts