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Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking

Written by Patricia Walsh at AFTA with additional comments provided by Jennifer Henaghan at APA and Jennifer Erickson at MAPC Creative placemaking has been an ongoing discussion in cities and towns across the country for several years, but where do planners sit in this dialogue? What role does a planner have in the development of […]

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State of Equity Policy Agenda Draft Released

MAPC took the next step to promoting a more equitable region last Wednesday with the release of a draft of our 2018 State of Equity in Metro Boston Policy Agenda. We hope that the plan serves as a tool to advance policy change in the Boston region and that it serves as a roadmap not […]

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SWAP Legislative Breakfast a Success

    Every year, each of MAPC’s eight subregions convenes a legislative breakfast, inviting local officials and municipal staff to hear from and ask questions of their state representatives and senators over breakfast food and coffee. The South West Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP) congregated for its annual breakfast on the morning of Friday, Feb. 2 […]

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Report Release: “Fare Choices” on Ride-Hailing in Metro Boston

On February 6, MAPC released “Fare Choices,” a survey of ride-hailing passengers in Metro Boston. The ride-hailing industry, led by Uber and Lyft, has seen explosive growth in recent years. As more and more travelers choose these on-demand mobility services, they have the potential to transform regional travel patterns. These transformations may become even more […]

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Exploring Art’s role in Green Infrastructure

Article written by Deidra Montgomery, with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg On Monday, January 29, more than 70 artists, arts administrators, and regional and municipal planners gathered at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to learn more about the intersections of public art and the environment. The event, Art and Green Infrastructure, was […]

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Roadmap: How to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in Your Community

As electric vehicles gain popularity across the nation, cities and towns can support residents and their municipal fleet in transitioning to all electric by investing in electric vehicle charging stations. With transportation accounting for nearly 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s greenhouse gas emissions, reducing the fuel used by vehicles across the state is critical to […]

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Everett Community Growers Meet to Envision a Sculptural Garden along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Mallory Nezam and in collaboration with Everett Community Growers, Carolyn Lewenberg and Kit Un Saturday, December 9th – Drawing families and participants of all ages, more than a dozen community members gathered at the Palin Library Meeting Room in Everett to discuss a proposed public art and urban agriculture project, with a working […]

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MAPC Staff kicks off Envision Duxbury

On Wednesday, November 15, MAPC hosted the first public forum for the Duxbury Comprehensive Master Plan, entitled “Envision Duxbury,” at the Duxbury Free Library. Over 80 Duxbury residents came out to the community forum to voice their priorities for Phase one – Housing, Open Space & Recreation, and Historic & Cultural Resources. The night began with a […]

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The art of Community Building and Economic Development through Art

Hosted on November 6, 2017 Art and Culture Discussion Series #1: Community Building and Economic Development through Art Article written by Mallory Nezam with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg Community events so rich that draw tens of thousands of people, age-old problems turned into new opportunities that instill local pride—these are just a few of […]

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Housing Production and School Enrollment: Not as Simple as the Birds and the Bees

Please read brief for substantiation and full discussion  Step into a community meeting about a new housing development, and you’re likely to hear a conversation about school enrollment. The question of how many children may live in newly built housing—and how many of those kids might attend the local schools—has become a central part of […]

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