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MAPC Hosts New Mayors at Winter Council Meeting

  Four newly-minted mayors joined Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff, council members, and allies on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28 for MAPC’s winter council meeting. Over 100 guests turned out to hear about the challenges of being a recently-inaugurated mayor, munch on breakfast, and hear about MAPC’s latest work. Boston City Council President (and […]

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Wireless Streetlight Controls – Enabling Cities of the Future

Driving down the street on a normal evening, suddenly you see red flashing lights atop the streetlights. Everyone slows down and pulls off to the side, because it is common knowledge that this signals the approach of an emergency vehicle. The ambulance is able to pass by quickly and easily. Such a scenario may seem […]

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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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