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Winter Council Meeting: Sustainable Communities Accomplishments

Inspiration was on tap at MAPC’s February 26th Council Meeting, as speakers celebrated the work that Sustainable Communities Grants made possible and looked to the future. Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC’s Council President, welcomed the large group that packed the hall at the Colonnade Hotel, and Marc Draisen, MAPC’s Executive Director delivered the Executive Director’s Report.   […]

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North Shore Community Energy Strategies

Last week, MAPC brought together residents of Salem, Swampscott, Hamilton, and Wenham at Swampscott High School to discuss strategies to help them achieve their towns’ clean energy goals. MAPC had initiated the four communities’ applying together to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Community Energy Strategies program, and MAPC has been supporting the communities in helping stakeholders to […]

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Littleton Wins National Award for Creating Streets that Work for Everyone

Littleton’s Complete Streets Policy, developed together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today won recognition as being the best in the nation by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart Growth America.  The policy, passed late last year, encourages planners and engineers to design and build streets that are safe […]

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New Video: These Trails Are Your Trails.

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Change Ahead for Somerville's Neighborhoods

The Green Line Extension  may benefit the City of Somerville in many ways, but it may also cause displacement of low- and moderate-income residents, said a report released February 1 by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in partnership with the City of Somerville, Somerville Community Corporation, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership, Friends of the Community […]

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MAPC Awarded CIC Grants: Will Help Communities Throughout Region and Commonwealth.

Governor Deval Patrick announced today that MAPC has been awarded funding through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program to lead projects that will help gateway cities save energy, help Neponset Valley manage stormwater, help Metrowest enhance its bike and pedestrian access, and help cities and towns throughout the state improve communications with residents. LED Streetlights: […]

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Danvers Town Meeting Unanimously Passes Tapleyville Overlay District Article

Congratulations to Danvers! Danvers’ Town Meeting just passed the Tapleyville Overlay District article that will allow for the mixed use redevelopment of a small industrial area near the downtown and adjacent to the bike path. Congratulations to many at MAPC, which provided the town with the updated zoning text and also visualizations of what potential future […]

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Fighting Gang Violence: MAPC Facilitates Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition

In 2014, for the 8th year in a row, MAPC will be facilitating the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition. The Shannon Grant is a statewide youth and gang violence prevention grant that includes both law enforcement and social services components. The Metro Mayors grant comprises of eight inner-core communities: Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Revere, […]

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