MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable & safe

MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable and safe For immediate release: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the MBTA’s plan to address their FY22 operating budget deficit. “The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is deeply concerned about the prospect of reducing transit service in the […]

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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 12 Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in the first place. As the […]

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MAPC receives grant to advance battery electric school bus purchasing

MAPC today announced it has received state funding to develop a regional procurement model that would support expansion of electric battery school bus service across Massachusetts. MAPC shares the grant with primary grant recipient Highland Electric Transportation, which currently provides the Beverly Public School District with one electric bus.

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MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today released the the following statement: “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by a racist tweet, represent a […]

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Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call For Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture

Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call for Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29 Three broad coalitions of municipal officials from throughout Greater Boston called on legislators to allow municipal revenue-raising tools that are heavily used in other states. The leaders of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, North Shore Coalition and Commuter Rail […]

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Massachusetts Municipal Leaders Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Mayors and managers from 18 Massachusetts cities and towns today pledged to address systemic racism in their communities and violence in law enforcement.

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MAPC releases town-by-town data on housing assistance needed due to COVID-19 financial crisis

With unemployment at an all-time high, nearly every city and town will see a significant need for housing aid once CARES Act, eviction moratorium expire For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 BOSTON – A regional planning agency in Boston has released municipal-level estimates of the housing assistance that may be needed in Massachusetts due […]

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Racial Segregation Concentrates Residents of Color Near High-Polluting Roads, Study Shows

45% of Greater Boston’s Black residents, 47% of Asian residents, and 54% of Latino residents live in highest-polluting areas, compared to only 29% of White residents Exposure linked to increased COVID-19 and other health risks For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2020     BOSTON – Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live near […]

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Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland

For immediate release: Thursday, June 4, 2020           Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland  Resident survey now live;  Results will help shape zoning & development decisions for long-term neighborhood success  ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is looking for resident input into the future of downtown, and a resident survey is now live […]

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Help Determine Housing Goals and Strategies for Lynn

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 HELP DETERMINE HOUSING GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR LYNN Residents encouraged to participate in an online open house in May to give input on the future of housing in Lynn LYNN – Help the City of Lynn develop a community-driven plan to promote housing opportunity for all! The City […]

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