In Newton, Khan said two critical issues are the weeds interfering with recreational activities on the Charles River in Auburndale, and the potential redevelopment of the Riverside MBTA station. She said she has begun working with Charles River Canoe and Kayak on the weeds and the MTBA on the Riverside station.
Her work in converting an old railroad bridge into a pedestrian walkway over the Charles in Lower Falls is the first step in her plan to accessibly link Riverside and Lower Falls for pedestrians. This project and cofounding the Newton Cultural Alliance, which includes 24 arts and cultural nonprofits, are ways Khan said she is working to make Newton a more vibrant community overall.
“The idea is to get people out and more actively building audiences at the performances these organizations are putting on,” she said. “When you get people out, you get them into restaurants and shops, so I think it really does help in terms of building the economy.”
Khan cites her extensive experience and “tremendous accomplishments” in Newton and at the state level as her biggest advantages over her opponent. She said she has worked closely with her colleagues at the state Legislature and on the Board of Aldermen, including Swiston, developing relationships that allow her to have an influential voice in decision making.
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