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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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Creative Placemaking Project Launches in Medfield

The sprawling 134 acre site of the former Medfield State Hospital sits on a hilltop overlooking the banks of the Charles River and boasts over 35 historic buildings. Acquired by the Town of Medfield in 2014, the site is a unique and exciting terrain for creative reuse and renovation. Now, MAPC is working with the […]

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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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Health, Hens, and Equity: MAPC Examines Cambridge’s Urban Agriculture Policy

As the weather warms and the trees sprout leaves after long bare months, the city of Cambridge welcomes spring: sprouts and stakes appear in community gardens, bees buzz around their hives, hens peck in backyards, and urban farmers sell their wares from farm stands. That’s what springtime in Cambridge could look like in a few […]

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Schools of Thought on Climate Change: MAPC’s Newest Art Installation

Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. MAPC’s newest art installation “Schools of Thought on Climate Change: Stories from Land and Sea,” integrates storytelling with public art to show […]

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MAGIC Legislative Breakfast: Town Officials & Legislators Discuss Local, Regional Priorities

Attendees of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) Legislative Breakfast heard from four state legislators over quiche and coffee at the Lexington Community Center on Friday, May 3. MAGIC, one of MAPC’s eight subregions, is a group of 13 communities northwest of Boston: Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, […]

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Senate Budget: MAPC Call to Action

Help us support smart growth and regional collaboration in the budget by contacting your state senator today. Last week, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released their FY2020 state budget proposal. Senators had until last Friday to submit amendments to that proposal: over 1,100 were submitted. MAPC has identified two amendments as key priorities and […]

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Strategies for Addressing Common Concerns during Planning Processes

Planners can often predict the concerns residents will raise during planning processes. “Our schools are already at capacity.” “The traffic would be terrible!” “We must preserve community character.” Sometimes these are justified concerns that require an adjustment to the plan or planning process. Sometimes these concerns are based off false impressions or misinterpretations that can […]

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Spark: Weigh in On MetroCommon 2050 Goals

There are some things your Greater Boston city or town can’t do on its own. Those issues are bigger than any one place, and working on them will take a plan. MetroCommon 2050 is just that: Greater Boston’s next regional plan. Your city or town is already involved. We want you to be in on […]

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