Candidate Statement: Kirill Alshewski
I’m a new member of the community as I moved to Newtonville with my family 18 months ago. I hold two Bachelor’s degrees from UMass Amherst and a Master’s degree from Columbia University. I currently work as a Senior Data Engineer at a biotech company in Boston.
One of the most contentious issues in Newtonville is new development. I completely agree that we need to “refresh” Washington Street, attract new businesses and bring in more tax revenue. However, Newtonville needs responsible development that resonates with its infrastructural, economic, and aesthetic contexts. Simply “if we build it they will come” will not work. In addition, community feedback should be taken into account. After all, it is we who will continue to live here and not the developer.
If elected, I’ll focus on:
- sustainable new developments that conform to neighborhood character; - improvement/beautification of public green spaces; and
- using technology to create an eco-friendly and sustainable community.