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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W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 5 90 Housing: Super Size Me Thanks to teardowns, the three-bedroom starter house will practically be extinct in 2025 — unless the region is blindsided by depression or heating costs rocket upward. Newly constructed house are averaging around 6,000 square feet, with some larger than 20,000 square feet. That means that by 2025, the average house in the Wellesley-Weston area could be 4,000 square feet and well out of reach of the middle-class family. While the over-65 population of both Wellesley and Weston will be significantly higher, those who decide to downsize may be forced to move out of town. Demand for senior-friendly housing far exceeds supply — and real estate agents don't see where much more can be built. Wellesley will likely close at least one elementary school, which could be converted into housing or torn down to make way for new homes. There's been talk of converting Weston's old library into more students to take a year off to travel or sample careers through internships — and "come back a bit more mature, a bit more worldly." Even while still in high school, Maloney suggests, students might take online courses to qualify for credentials in particular fields, such as computer coding. That could give them a jump on their careers or a work/study experience like that offered by Northeastern. One fundamental of education won't change. "Teachers are going to continue to be the heart of education, but they're going to redefine their roles," says Maloney, who is retiring in June after 30 years in the school district, "They are going to be more like coaches guiding stu- dents in a range of activities including online courses, project-based learning, interdisciplinary studies, and community work." WHAT DO YOU SEE? Do you have any predictions for Wellesley and Weston's future? If so, we'd love to hear from you. Please email Jill Nilsen at: jill@wellesleywestonmagazine. { } A Trip to 2025

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