MAPC recently conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) with the Oregon Public Health Insitute to help inform an update to HUD's designated housing rule. The rule allows housing authorities to allocate a certain number of public housing units to senior and disabled families.
The Health Impact Assessment looked at several factors, including accessibility and housing affordability, to analyze the rule and make recommendations to optimize the update's public health effects.
Today, we released our new report, "Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics," jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts. The report urges Olympic planners to "put legacy first." Read full report here.
This afternoon, Marc Draisen, Executive Director of MAPC, issued the following statement:
“The Metropolitan Area Planning Council applauds today’s United States Supreme Court decision the case of Texas v. Inclusive Communities. This important decision allows people to sue against public or private actions that have a discriminatory effect, without having to prove intent. It means that America will continue to pursue fairness in the distribution of housing throughout the nation.”
MAPC is excited to announce that the Quincy City Council adopted our Bike and Pedestrian Network Plan! The plan seeks to connect transit stations, trails, parks, business districts, schools and more to make biking and walking stronger transportation options in the city. The plan relies heavily on existing infrastructure and short term, low cost solutions, such as road diets, to make roads more inclusive and less auto-dependent.