"Envisioning West Newton Village and Washington Street," MIT Study Fall 2011
During the Fall 2011 semester, a class of MIT graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning are studied West Newton Village and the Washington Street corridor. Students addressed the area from the intersection of Brookside Street at the east to the end of the commercial area on Washington Street before it crosses over the Massachusetts Turnpike at the west.
- Community Outreach - In addition to meeting with residents, City officials, Planning staff, and others, the students conducted an informal survey of pedestrians, held a Business Roundtable on October 13th,and distributed a survey from their table at Paddys Road Race "The Shillelagh Shuffle" on October 16th.
- First Public Meeting - On October 20th, the students presented their preliminary findings at a meeting in the Aldermanic Chamber in City Hall. Their presentation included analysis on land use and zoning, parking and transportation, and economic development and infrastructure. A PDF of the first presentation is available to download here: PART 1 (8 MB) and PART 2 (6 MB)
- Second Public Meeting - On December 1st, the students delivered their final presentation to the public in the Aldermanic Chamber in City Hall. They discussed five themes - Land Use, Circulation, Parking, Community and Economic Development, and Open Space and Environment - as well as specific redevelopment ideas for four "catalyst sites." A PDF of the final presentation is available to download here: FINAL (10MB)
- West Newton Village Area Plan 2011 - The students compiled their findings and recommendations into a 160-page final report including beautiful color maps, diagrams, best practices from other communities, redevelopment and transportation concepts, and next steps for financing and implementation. A PDF of the final report is available to download here: REPORT (15MB)
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