Newton struggles to keep villages vibrant
Newton’s 13 villages are a source of pride for local residents. Each is distinctive, from Auburndale with its cozy strip of local shops and unassuming restaurants overlooking the Massachusetts Turnpike, to Nonantum with its red, green and white, striped streets and a bakery stocked with cannoli and sfogliatelles, to Newton Centre with its boutique shops and busy train station. But keeping all the mini-downtowns in these villages thriving has been a challenge. Some of city’s villages have come down with a common malaise: vacant storefronts.