WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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85 f a l l 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e S T E V E M A A S writer what will Wellesley and Weston be like in the year 2025? That's the question I put to educators, merchants, real estate agents, and state and town offi- cials. I loaded their answers into the WellesleyWeston Magazine crystal ball and peered in. I can offer you only one assurance: Nothing about this exercise is scientific—or encyclopedic. Well, I will make one exception to that: the Massachusetts Area Planning Council projects the average age to rise in both towns, and there will be at best 2 percent growth in Weston and no growth in Wellesley. In Weston, the over-65 age group accounts for 20 percent of residents today; it's projected to be 25 percent in 2025. In Wellesley, the percentage is expected to increase from 15 percent now to 20 percent in 2025. Okay, so we can expect to see more gray hair. Now let's see what the future might hold for our schools, housing, shopping, transportation, and recreation. Yes, that leaves out a lot, but there was only so much room in our crystal ball. Schools: You won't fall asleep in class It's 10:00 am on a weekday morning in September 2025. Walk into the local high school and you'll be struck by how few students there are. It's not that enrollment is down — although projections do suggest a dip — but rather that many of the students are still at home, sleeping late (in synch with a teen's biological clock) or out in the community on a work-study project. Others might be slapping a puck around an ice rink, a FitBit bracelet recording their move- ments for physical education credits. You won't see backpacks weighted down with textbooks and notebooks. Students will use their tablet computers to look up information and tap in their notes and reports. They will have prepared for class at home by watching short video lectures or listening to podcasts. That way they can spend more time in school applying and testing their knowledge, collaborating in small groups or consulting with their teachers. { } P E T E R B A K E R S T U D I O S A Trip to 2025

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