Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s weekly news roundup. It’s Friday, April 7.
On Monday, Town Meeting is slated to consider zoning changes to encourage multi-family housing and meet state housing requirements. Lexington’s zoning proposal is the subject of today’s Boston Globe editorial, and this newsletter includes letters to the editor from State Senators Mike Barrett and Cindy Friedman and former MA Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Mike Kennealy in addition to a news story explaining some recently proposed amendments.
Here’s this week’s news:
Article 34 – the Planning Board’s proposal to create zoning districts where multi-family housing is allowed by right, instead of by special permit, to comply with state housing requirements – has dominated public conversation in Lexington more than any other issue Town Meeting faces this year.Keep reading
Town Meeting approves Munroe Center for the Arts accessibility renovations, church clock restorations and more
Town Meeting approved Community Preservation Act funding for several capital projects at its fifth session Monday evening, including expenditures to make the Munroe Center for the Arts ADA-compliant, refurbish two church clocks and add accessible trails to Willard’s Woods.Keep reading
You know the one: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.Keep reading
The publication, named for the first abolitionist newspaper in the U.S., aims to reframe the national conversation on racial equity and hasten a more racially just society.Keep reading
A tally of police activity during March 2023 and incidents from the Lexington Police logs during the week prior to April 3, 2023.Keep reading
Letters to the Editor
A Baker administration cabinet member and Lexington local says zoning has been an exclusionary tool in our state and nation’s history, and urges Lexington to lead the way towards change.Keep reading
Lexington spends more on historic preservation than affordable housing — despite community values laid out in the town’s comprehensive plan.Keep reading
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Edited by Lauren Feeney
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