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"Unbanked" Bostonians: the next hurdle for Hubway?

This story from The Atlantic’s Cities blog highlighted an important issue facing bike share programs across the country (including Hubway), which rely on a credit/debit card system for rentals (more on how Hubway’s membership works). The credit card system is simple and convenient, allowing users to take out a bike with the swipe of a […]

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New Year’s resolutions from MAPC

Need a New Year’s resolution for 2012? The best resolutions are those that you can actually stick to, and sometimes that requires a little extra help. Here are some commitments to make to yourself that MAPC can help support you with: 1. Get some exercise during your daily commute. Instead of vowing to go to […]

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Equity report release: Balancing facts and stories

We probably all know that Metro Boston is an unequal place.  It’s clear from hearing the stories of friends and colleagues that racial and income divides linger. But how segregated are we really?  How great is the gap between rich and poor? For many of us, there’s been no way of painting a factual picture […]

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Sad statistics don’t have to endure

Yvonne Abraham’s Boston Globe editorial “A sad statistic that endures” did an excellent job describing racial disparities in the birth of underweight babies, a key finding from MAPC’s newly-released “The State of Equity in Metro Boston” report. Yvonne’s column focused on our finding that “a college-educated black woman is a fraction more likely to have a […]

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The casinos are coming: What should communities expect?

  Last week, the Governor signed Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011 that will bring up to three resort casinos and one slot machine facility to Massachusetts. Without taking a pro or con side on the issue of casinos in Massachusetts, MAPC has been actively involved in the debate over the course of several […]

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See you next year Hubway!

Hubway bikes were put away for the winter yesterday, but they will be back in Spring 2012. Expanded service is also on the way, with stations being added in nearby cities of Somerville and Cambridge. The first season of Hubway saw 140,000 trips in four months, far surpassing our original expectations for the bike share. MAPC […]

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Are some places too sacred for development?

Are there certain places that should never be built upon? This is a question I’ve been grappling with, as a planner and as an American, since visiting a sacred burial ground in the Midwest during a professional conference this summer. In August I attended the National Scenic Byways Conference in Minneapolis, where I participated in […]

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Winter Biking: Not as scary as it sounds!

You know all those reasons you love biking? Getting places faster, saving money, getting some exercise, actually enjoying your commute? They don’t go away just because it’s cold! I started as a recreational cyclist, but as I started doing more and more of my day-to-day transportation by bike, gradually my standards for how bad the […]

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