Newton has roughly 310 miles of paved roadway, occupying roughly 10% of Newton’s land.

The city is talking about 8-laning Route 9 in Chestnut Hill, 4-laning Winchester/Needham Street, and letting the MBTA help itself to a massive parking garage at Riverside.

Meanwhile, other forward-thinking communities (like Charlotte, NC) are embracing Complete Streets.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts pioneered a pedestrian- and bike-friendly design guide in 2006, the Healthy Transportation Compact was signed into law in 2009, MassDOT has just launched GreenDOT and Boston has been installing bike lanes left right and center.

But Newton is driving pell-mell backward into the era of King Car.

Why?

Do people really want this?

If you want Complete Streets in Newton, one venue to make yourself heard is the Access Subcommittee meeting of the Mixed Use Task Force next Thursday (July 29th), 7:15pm at the Senior Center.