Shawna Slack



April, 2019

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Commented on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 9 months, 4 weeks ago
We have to insist on more than a lovely visions for great public transport. The MBTA is broke. Funding -- by whomever -- needs to be committed to in advance of any massive construction project approvals. The citizens of Newton cannot be left holding the bag for these costs as well as the NON-incremental cost of new school buildings, pre-fab classrooms and over crowded schools.
Supported a comment by Adam P. on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Adam P.
Besides being right at the site, the Indigo line would have much more frequent service. That's a game changer.

The developer sees that potential and is one of those touting the possibility of a commuter rail extension along the Riverside spur, but he is not offering $$$ to help make it happen. It won't happen any other way. Other developments like Boston Landing and Assembly Square have contributed to (and benefitted from) public transit improvements.
Supported a comment by Ken Stern on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months ago
Ken Stern
Tom Gagon believes 'the new housing will not directly affect either Lower Falls or Auburndale". This is pure fantasy. Creating an entire new 'village' between Auburndale and Lower Falls, on a road which cannot handle more traffic than it already does, will be incredibly disruptive. (I call it a new village, because some of the proposals are to add MORE housing units than presently exist in Lower Falls. The traffic increase will cut Lower Falls off from Auburndale almost completely.. I expect the traffic increase will cause me to shift my shopping and errands to other locations.
The impact on schools will be more than just on Williams, which is already overcrowded. The new kids will certainly go to Williams, but to make room, kids will be shifted from WIlliams to other schools, with the effect rippling across Newton.
Supported a comment by Liz M on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Liz M
Riverside offers a once in a lifetime development opportunity. My aspiration is that the city and state governments will step up and commit to making it possible to create a development that won't overwhelm the neighborhoods around it. It could be a model for how cities can grow responsibly and thoughtfully with some public funding. There are no simple solutions to the problems we face (housing shortage, not enough commercial development, climate change, income inequality, etc.) and one parcel of land can't solve all of them. But it can be a start if it's done right. Doing it right will take planning and commitment of time and money. For example, for Riverside to be a good TOD, the MBTA needs improve the D line, bring back the express bus, and add the Indigo line in the future. To reduce the carbon footprint, services need to be walkable from the development. This means the City should commit to enlarging Williams to accommodate the school children that will come from the development. Finding room "in the system" isn't sufficient - it will add buses and parents in cars to the equation. These are just a couple of examples of the type of planning that needs to be done and the public funds that need to be committed. Visioning is a good first step. I hope that the city will continue to step up and the state will contribute as well. Both need to invite input and act on what they hear.
Supported a comment by Larry Rosenberg on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Larry Rosenberg
Fully vet the impact to city services. Fire Dept, Police trash collection traffic and more. We are proposing 3 huge projects all at the same time. This will be a city people who want the "charm" will NOT want to live.
Supported a comment by Michael Musen on Newton Riverside Visioning Process 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Michael Musen
My aspiration is that the development enhances existing neighborhoods and does not destroy them with traffic and congestion.