Julia Malakie


Newtonville, MA


October, 2016

Recent Activity

Supported a comment by Pamela Shufro on Newton Zoning Redesign Project 5 years, 11 months ago
Pamela Shufro
The patterns that occur in Newton are interesting. Some areas are quite dense and others much less so. However, the assumption seems to be that, once a pattern is determined, then future development should continue in the same pattern. Thus, dense neighborhoods could be developed with greater density, whereas areas where houses sit on very large lots would not be affected. This assumption is not going to be acceptable to people living in the already dense parts of Newton. The whole process will increase income inequality and set up even greater class divisions within our city based on ambiance and affordability.
Followed Newton Zoning Redesign Project 6 years, 8 months ago
Commented on Newton Zoning Redesign Project 6 years, 8 months ago
Are you within the area of the proposed West Newton Hill Historic District? If approved, that will be most effective at preserving these homes. So naturally there's opposition by development interests.
Supported a comment by Melissa Chaikof on Newton Zoning Redesign Project 6 years, 8 months ago
Melissa Chaikof
I am upset about the lack of zoning controlling greedy developers tearing down beautiful old homes, putting up McMansions, or, worse, cramming two McMansions on one lot. Also, the height of some of these homes is absurd. The house at the corner of Sylvan and Bigelow is an example. The monstrous house takes up the whole lot. Its height dwarfs the rest of the surrounding homes. The same is now happening at 174 Valentine. The mayor and legislators don't care that the character of Newton is being destroyed. Zoning needs to be revised. Historic homes also need to be valued.
Commented on Newton Zoning Redesign Project 6 years, 8 months ago
Kelley asks, won't more homes limit prices? No. We're not on an island in the middle of the ocean. Any price effect would be short term, as increased supply would cause more people to choose to live in Newton instead of Waltham or Brookline or Natick or somewhere else. What people are willing to pay to live in Newton is based on factors like our school system's reputation, our proximity to Boston, and other amenities. Not on supply of housing. Even the city's housing consultant said we'll never build our way to affordability. If adding units and density made cities affordable, NYC and Seattle would be bargains.
Supported a comment by Mary Lou Sabbag on Newton Zoning Redesign Project 6 years, 8 months ago
Mary Lou Sabbag
With Auburndale already being overrun with condominiums taking the place of a single family home, adding a huge project to the Turtle Lane Playhouse location is overkill. A bucolic place in a family home neighborhood is a gem. Adding over 20 more condominiums and stores on once acre of land is a very bad idea.