The Streetscape Master Plan for Newton included master plan elements and design development drawings for the streetscape surrounding the historic Courthouse Square in downtown Newton. The analysis phase of work revealed that Newton was experiencing a decline in population while much of the state was enjoying population growth. The plan was intended to raise the local and regional awareness of the community and to jump start the revitalization process by improving Newton’s main asset, the historic downtown. Work included analysis of the downtown core including auto and truck circulation, destinations, building conditions, and street cross-sections. After discussion with the community at a series of public meetings, paving materials were decided upon and design development drawings for the Square and two additional blocks were prepared. This project included a public input website that allowed citizens to track progress and offer opinions and suggestions.