Rendering of Riverside
Housing, Sustainability and Climate Change
New types of housing in Newton will help create more walkable, vibrant villages which reduce the burden on our environment. Allowing more families the opportunity to live in Newton near transit compared with distant suburbs is critical for addressing climate change.
Preserve Open Space
Less Sprawl, Less Driving, Lower Carbon Emissions
As people live farther and farther away from Boston, one needs a car for almost everything – to get to work, pick kids up from school, go shopping, see friends…
The average commute time in the Boston area is getting longer as distances and traffic increases. (A 10% increase between 2010 and 2020) More people have to drive through Newton to get to work on the Pike or Rt. 9 as well as on our local roads.
Living in Newton, on the other hand, one has better access to transit, stores and schools. One can walk and bike places more easily and even if one does drive, the distances are a lot shorter.
Fewer Cars Saves Money & Lowers Carbon Emissions
A household living near transit in a multifamily home in Newton is more likely to only have one car or no cars because they don’t need to do as much driving. In a recent overnight parking study of multifamily buildings in Newton, generally one parking spot or less was used per unit in the building.
In contrast, in distant suburbs with little if any transit such as Hopkinton or Southborough, a household has on average 2.3 cars.
Living in a location where a car is not needed helps make that location more affordable as the expense of owning a car can be over $10,000/year.
With fewer cars, people drive less which is an critical step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.