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Keeping Cool & Warm While Staying Green: Clean Heating and Cooling for Municipalities

Keeping Cool and Warm While Staying Green An Introduction to Clean Heating & Cooling (CH&C) Opportunities for Municipalities in Massachusetts By Braxton Bridgers, Clean Energy Intern It’s been a hot summer so far. Record heat waves across the globe are making communities throughout the country think differently about the importance of air conditioning. As we […]

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Governor Signs FY2020 State Budget Into Law

The budget that Governor Baker signed into law last week includes $43.3 billion in appropriations, including many increased investments in smart growth and regional planning priorities. MAPC thanks Governor Baker for approving a FY2020 budget that increases funding for key MAPC priorities, including the District Local Technical Assistance program, Shannon Grant, Community Preservation Assistance Trust […]

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Cambridge Wins 11th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

Youth from eight cities and towns had the chance to compete head-to-head this weekend in a basketball tournament held by the Metro Mayors Coalition. On Saturday, Aug. 3, teams from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Somerville, Revere, and Winthrop competed in the 11th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament at Hoyt Field in Cambridge. This year’s […]

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A Day of Fun on the Malden River

On Saturday, July 27, over 200 people gathered at River’s Edge to explore the Malden River, enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities and learn about opportunities to add more public space along the Malden River. “Exploring the Malden River” was part of the Malden River Creative Placemaking project. MAPC’s Arts and Culture team is working […]

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Most Metro Boston Residential Developments Overbuild Off-Street Parking

Nearly 30 percent of off-street parking spaces at multifamily developments in cities and towns around Boston are sitting empty at peak demand time, according to research released today by MAPC. MAPC staff counted nearly 20,000 parking spots at almost 200 multifamily buildings in Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, […]

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Wicked Hot Boston: Documenting Extreme Heat in the Greater Boston Area

As public schools let out this week in Greater Boston, summer fun is on people’s minds and many are planning their vacations, barbeques, and other summer activities. While the warmer weather is welcomed by many, it also signals the start of extreme heat season – which can be a public health hazard, especially for the […]

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Local Zoning is Making it Difficult to Build Housing Around Boston. That’s Raising Prices for Everyone.

Small, subjective local decisions and bylaw changes tip the balance away from multifamily housing production and create hurdles for even good-quality development to succeed, found a report released today on local zoning and multifamily housing in the cities and towns surrounding Boston. “The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston” reveals that a […]

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MAPC and City of Salem Launch “Homes for Salem” Video Series

This week, MAPC and the City of Salem launched “Homes for Salem,” a video series on housing in Salem. We talked to Salem residents and workers about the rising costs of housing, the housing market, the struggles many residents face to find affordable housing, and strategies the city could take to meet housing need. While […]

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Integrating Arts in Transportation Planning

Artists, planners, engineers, transportation advocates, and government employees all gathered together last month for a workshop exploring the nuts and bolts of integrating art into transportation projects. On Friday, May 17, MAPC and Transportation for America hosted “Rails, Trails, Streets: Art in Transportation,” which focused on how art can enhance rail corridors, trails, and streets. […]

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State Budget Heads to Conference Committee

Please Advocate for MAPC’s Budget Priorities! The Massachusetts House of Representatives finalized their version of the FY2020 state budget on Thursday, April 25 and the Senate finalized their version on Thursday, May 23. The state budget now has to be reconciled between both chambers and sent to the Governor’s desk for approval by June 30. […]

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