Jake Auchincloss

City councilor at large, Newton

Stories by Jake Auchincloss

For hire: CEO of housing and transit

For hire: CEO of housing and transit

Eastern Mass. has too little housing and too much traffic. Here’s a bold fix.

EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS has a lot going for it. From the outside looking in, we’re thriving in the information economy. We can boast a talented workforce; world-class research and development; productive relations between government, business, and academia; nationally esteemed health care and education services; and access to deep capital markets. Residents, though, see the underside of(...)

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Amazon, come to Boston

Amazon, come to Boston

America’s best company should build HQ2 in America’s best city 

Dear Jeff Bezos,  Build it in Boston. Your second corporate headquarters, which you intend to be a “full equal” to Amazon’s home in Seattle, belongs in the Athens of America. I know there’s competition – Vancouver, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Denver, to name just a few – but Boston is best for three reasons: talent, research and development, and infrastructure. (...)

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Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Democrats’ platform of opportunity

Party needs a coherent, future-oriented vision

THERE’S AN OLD QUIP that a camel is a horse designed by committee. In June, Massachusetts Democrats will affirm a new state platform – the camel meant to guide federal and state party officials from Massachusetts for the next four years, including the gubernatorial candidates. Like 2013’s version, it will be a laundry list, not(...)

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The dissonance of zoning and immigration

The dissonance of zoning and immigration

Democrats must be the party of open doors – at all levels

NEWTON RECENTLY BECAME a sanctuary city. I was proud to co-sponsor the ordinance and gratified by the legion of residents who rallied at City Hall in support of their immigrant neighbors. The next night, I listened to some of those same residents decry a request to build housing and retail near the Newtonville commuter rail(...)

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