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The Future of Transportation Commission: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Future of Transportation Commission members, transportation leaders converge to reflect on the anniversary of the Commission’s report It has been one year since Governor Baker’s Commission on the Future of Transportation released its recommendationsfor how to prepare Massachusetts’ transportation network for the challenges of 2040. The report put forth a bold set of recommendations for […]

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Climate Equity Focus at MAPC’s Clean Energy Forum

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of the MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series, MAPC hosted its biennial Clean Energy Forum at District Hall. The day’s theme was climate equity and MAPC staff presented on their work advancing climate equity through research and net zero planning. The morning had a fully packed agenda, with three keynote speakers […]

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Videos: Voices on Climate

Voices on Climate Change “Cape Cod was named for the codfish, and now we don’t see any codfish anymore,” observes Chatham fisherman Jamie Bassett, gesturing out to the Atlantic Ocean from his boat, “Does that mean the waters are warming around here? I don’t know. I’m not a scientist, I don’t know what the optimum […]

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Q&A with Emma Boast, MAPC Arts & Culture Fellow

Emma Boast joined MAPC in 2019 as an Arts and Culture Fellow to serve a two-year term. Prior to joining MAPC, Emma worked as curator and cultural organizer who shaped experiences to help people collectively understand the past, engage with the present, and reimagine the future. Emma’s fellowship is made possible by a grant from […]

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Medfield Town Meeting Votes on Future of Medfield State Hospital

At MAPC, civic participation is the backbone of planning. That’s why our Medfield Creative Placemaking project centers community engagement and activation at the core of efforts to build public education and make meaning out of the town-owned site of the former Medfield State Hospital. MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Medfield to […]

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A Comprehensive Master Plan for North Reading

In Massachusetts, cities and towns must create and update “master plans,” which are just what they sound like: plans for the future of the municipality that touch on everything from economic development to housing to transportation (and more). These plans help inform decision-making for local boards, committees, and Town Meetings to guide everything from zoning […]

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A Study in Magenta: Color Accessibility in MAPC’s Trailmap

MAPC’s Trailmap, the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of biking and walking trails in Massachusetts, is back in its third iteration. This new-and-improved version of Trailmap allows users to search by address to find trails near them and provides easy access to detailed maps of foot trails, bicycle facilities, and multi-use paths. Users can see […]

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Cities and Towns to Beacon Hill: We Need Additional Revenue for Transportation

Greater Boston Mayors and Managers support 15 cent increase to the gas tax and other funding mechanisms to advance equity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support transit oriented development WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 – Today, three broad coalitions of municipal officials from throughout Eastern Massachusetts called on the Commonwealth to raise significant new revenue and dedicate […]

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First Miles: Crunching the Numbers on Dockless Bike Share in Greater Boston

Click Here to Read the Full First Miles Report Metro Boston has a wealth of transportation options practically unheard of ten years ago, from ride-hailing and carsharing to bike share and scooters. Each of these new types of mobility provides not only new options for travelers, but also new sources of data that can help […]

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“Medfield Anthology” Gives Audience Glimpse of Past

On October 12, over 100 visitors to the Medfield State Hospital (MSH) got a glimpse of its past. The entire campus acted as a stage for the Medfield Anthology, a performance written by Hortense Gerardo through her Artist Residency at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. The Medfield Anthology is a site-informed walking play based on […]

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