Debra Ruder

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Supported a comment by coUrbanizer via Text on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
coUrbanizer via Text
My aspirations for the riverside site is that it's size and density is scaled to what matches the surrounding residential areas.
Supported a comment by Ken Stern on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
Ken Stern
Yes, Waltham, Wellesley, Needham & Weston do all have large commercial developments along the highway. In all cases, the residential sections of the town ends where the commercial section begins, and there is no further residential section on the other side. Needham and Wellesley have parts of their town on the opposite side of the highway than where most of their town is located, but that portion is entirely commercial.
In Newton, Lower Falls was already somewhat cut off from the rest of Newton by the highway. Whats left of the connection will be virtually severed by putting an enormous commercial development
Commented on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
The design principles must describe both the positive and negative impact of any large development of nearby neighborhoods. Improvements like a Trader Joe's, park areas, and nicer passage to the Riverside T stop sound great. But what about crushing traffic, added noise pollution, and other potential harms to abutters? Please address!
Commented on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
Rooftop gardens ... a community garden ... building heights that do not create visual or noise pollution for Lower Falls ... development that enhances, not detracts from, enjoyment of nature.
Commented on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
The architecture should be unique, not cookie-cutter. And buildings should be set back and stepped back to give the site breathing room.
Commented on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 4 years, 7 months ago
I'd like to see concrete ideas for how a new development at Riverside would connect, rather than isolate, Lower Falls -- e.g., indoor and outdoor gathering spots, buildings set back so they don't create a walled-off effect, traffic limited to what Grove Street can bear, etc.