Newtonville is a predominantly residential neighborhood. It is divided into two parts by the Massachusetts Turnpike and the MBTA Commuter Rail, which runs through it below grade, so that there are several bridges over the turnpike. The Star Market on Austin Street (currently Shaw's) was one of the first projects in the country to buy air rights for construction; the supermarket is built over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Newtonville was once served by the now defunct Newton Nexus bus, a free service provided by the city of Newton. Walnut Street is the main street of the village. The urban section of the road is home to restaurants, bakeries, and cafes, several banks, multiple fitness centers, and dry cleaners. Branching off of Walnut is the Austin Street commercial area, which sports a Starbucks, and a Goodwill dropoff.
On the north side of the turnpike, on Washington Street (which runs parallel to the Massachusetts Turnpike) there are many more restaurants, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, liquor stores, Newton's largest Post Office, and a Whole Foods supermarket.
Located in Newtonville is Newton North High School, one of the city's two high schools.
A mixed-use development known as Washington Place is currently under construction on the corner of Walnut and Washington Street in Newtonville's center. It promises to bring 140 new residential units, 35 of which are affordable housing, 43,860 square feet of office space, and extra parking for nearby businesses and residents. The project is being developed by Mark Development and is set to open sometime in the next few years.
The Turnpike and MBTA rail line cuts Newtonville in half
- Alice Standish Allen (1907–2002), first female engineering geologist in North America
- Sheldon Brown (1944–2008), bicycle mechanic, technical expert and author
- William Claflin (1818–1905), 27th Governor of Massachusetts
- Julian Eltinge (born William Julian Dalton; 1881–1941), actor
- Josephine Hull (1877–1957), actress, Academy Award winner
- Warren Huston (1913–1999), professional baseball player
- Kurt Lewin (1890–1947), philosopher, "founder of social psychology"
- Lillie Eginton Warren (1859–1926), educator, author, school founder, inventor of Expression Reading
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