In Newton we have many big projects that are frequently being discussed. In the past few months the City Council, residents, and city officials have spent countless hours debating, discussing, and sometimes implementing, many big things. These “big things” include development proposals, zoning changes, charter changes, solar panels, and the recent issues leading up to last week’s community meeting.
This post however is about the small things. Whether it be trash cans in parks, clean streets, or better communication with residents, what “small things” do you think Newton can improve upon?
For myself, one of the small things I would like to see the city improve upon is fixing up our many parks to make them more user friendly. For instance, there are rarely restrooms at parks where people spend substantial amounts of time and using a trash can at one of our parks often results in being assaulted with one of the worst smells imaginable. In addition, as a very small thing, I would suggest the city install small trash receptacles at the tennis courts so that the courts do not remain littered with the metal tennis ball container tops and other trash. As a positive, I did see workers installing new permanent trash cans at Albermarle a couple of days ago so maybe those will become more prevalent around the city.
While the “big things” are undoubtedly important, the importance of doing the “small things” to improve the quality of life for residents should not be overlooked.