21st century villages needed to match housing demands
May 22, 2018
Conveniently located just 10 miles west of Boston, Needham is a town of approx. 30,000 residents in Eastern Massachusetts. Multiple highway exits off of I-95, four commuter rail stops, MBTA bus access, a vibrant town center and plenty of public green space make Needham an ideal community to visit, live, work and play
As of January 1, 2017 the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber and the Needham Business Association formally merged. The newly formed Needham Business Alliance (a subcommittee of the chamber) is comprised of community, business and civic leaders and meets monthly to plan events, awareness campaigns and strategic economic initiatives.
Signature community programs include an annual Needham Night dinner in January, Spring Street Fair, Fall Harvest Fair and the annual Blue Tree Lighting.
The Town of Needham was incorporated in 1711, and has experienced many changes over its 300+ year history.
Saw and grist mills operated along the Charles River through the 18th century.In the 19th century, facing economic challenges in England, knitters from the English Midlands migrated to Needham and surrounding towns and began manufacturing knit goods, underwear, hats, shoes and silk. Most notable among these manufacturers was The William Carter Company – still in operation today, though it moved from Needham in 1990.
In the 20th century, the construction of Route 128 spurred a new wave of economic development in the town. Needham opened one of the nation’s first industrial parks in 1950, as part of the post WWII high-tech boom. Needham continues to be a hub of economic activity as many innovation-sector companies, like TripAdvisor and SharkNinja have headquarters in Needham’s N-Squared Innovation District.
The MBTA Commuter Rail Needham Line connects to downtown Boston in
less than one hour and has four stops in Needham: Needham Heights, Needham Center, Needham Junction and Needham Heights. Click here for full schedule and route maps.
The #59 Bus also provides regular service to Needham from Watertown Square (and offers a connection to the MBTA Green Line in Newton Highlands). Click here for route and schedule.
Needham Center and Needham Heights are dotted with local shops and restaurants. Both districts are accessible via public transportation, walking, biking or driving. Public parking information is available here.
The Charles River borders Needham on three sides, offering many outdoor recreational options including kayaking, canoeing and fishing. The Town Forest, Cutler Park and Charles River Pennisula boast walking trails and bike paths.