Alison Bassett

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Supported a comment by Ken Stern on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 1 week 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
Supported a comment by David DD on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 1 week ago
David DD
Infrastructure first! Embellishments later!
Supported a comment by Ted Chapman on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Ted Chapman
I remains unclear to me whether the MBTA has actually modeled the future needs for this site to expand its capacity as a train and bus hub. It is imperative that the city and state politicians, insist this is done before it is too late. The design for Riverside development must accommodate this enhanced capacity, which may include increased commuter parking. The footings of the garage must design to support adding this capacity.
Supported a comment by Ted Chapman on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Ted Chapman
The design must feel integrated into the community, not a walled off citadel looking inward. How will the residents of 675 new housing units be integrated into the surrounding communities? Most will be rentals without a long-term stake in these neighborhoods. How will this change the political and social fabric of Newton? The previous design included a public space for community engagement and recreation. This needs to be included in the design, not left up to the whims of coffee shops, restaurants, commercial gyms, and sidewalks. Where will children of all ages play go to day care or after-school programs, and adult exercise activities. There is not even a basketball court or a place to kick or throw a ball. I Iive in Lower Falls across from the community center fields and basketball courts, which are vibrant places day and night.
Supported a comment by Ted Chapman on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Ted Chapman
Grove Street connects the existing communities of Lower Falls and Auburndale. To most residents this road is already at or beyond capacity. An independent study of the capacity of Grove Street to handle additional traffic, with or without direct access from I-95, must precede any approvals. The size and density of development must be predicated on this understanding. Development cannot make existing communities live in gridlock, which is the current state of Rt 16 and Auburndale Square, and Woodland St during rush hour.
Supported a comment by coUrbanizer via Text on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 3 weeks ago
coUrbanizer via Text
I wouldn't like to see a tower or big housing complex because if I liked that I would be living in the city, traffic is sometimes bad already on grove st