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"The Spirit of Massachusetts"

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an official state berry (cranberry), folk hero (Johnny Appleseed), and yes, doughnut (Boston cream). As representative as these are, MAPC’s Government […]

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Nine Years of Community Safety

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on the Hill. Together, they urged legislators to provide full funding for the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative […]

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Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter. Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), addressed the Council, outlining the MPO’s process of updating the Long Range Transportation Plan […]

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Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) as a model report. If you haven’t heard, the HNEF is a proposed $30 million private […]

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MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and Salem, in drafting their complete street policies. The town of Stoughton, the fifth winner from the region, drafted it’s own […]

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MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building the new homes and commercial spaces that signify a growing economy. Individual developments may be small or large, but their […]

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MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities and regional advocacy groups. The conversation focused on how to accelerate the development of trail projects in a cost-efficient […]

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Municipal Solar in Sudbury

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC facilitated for 14 cities and towns. Sudbury leases the land to a private developer and purchases the electricity from the […]

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LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning in Medford. Before it approached MAPC for assistance, Arlington had already done a pilot project retrofitting older, high-pressure sodium (HPS) streetlights with more […]

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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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