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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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Local Energy Planning in Medford

MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has just unveiled a video about our Local Energy Action Program in Medford. The City had already done a lot of clean energy work before reaching out to us. A Green Community, Medford had set the goal of reducing its municipal energy use by 20% by 2014. By 2013, it had already […]

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Open House 2014!

Was it the best Open House yet? At the very least, it was a great one. Nearly 300 planning enthusiasts – legislators, municipal officials, planners, activists, students, and community members – formed an engaged, engaging crowd in the MAPC offices on January 28, 2014. They browsed displays, chatted with staff, and generally created a happy […]

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A New Year at MAPC

Happy New Year from MAPC! We are proud to announce the release of our 2014 Calendar and Annual Report. This past year was MAPC’s 50th anniversary, and the five-year anniversary of MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region. Our calendar and report celebrate this legacy of work towards a smarter, cleaner, more equitable Greater Boston region, […]

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MAPC Testifies for Active Streets

Michelle Ciccolo, President of MAPC, yesterday joined Maddie Ribble of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, Lizzi Weyant of Transportation for Massachusetts and David Watson of MassBike to testify at the State House in support of adding the Active Streets Certification Program to the Transportation Bond Bill (H.3763). The program would allow municipalities certified as Active […]

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Four Years Later: Sustainable Communities Grantees Convene

From increasing the economic viability of farming and protect sustainable “foodsheds” in MAPC’s MAGIC subregion, to grassroots visioning of the future of Salem Point via a web-based game, to finding opportunities for transit-based development in Quincy, MAPC’s done projects on them all through Sustainable Communities Grants. Last week, MAPC’s delegation (pictured above) joined representatives from […]

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More Towns to Take Advantage of GIC

The GIC will gain three more towns as of July 2014, it was announced this week, bringing the total of GIC communities to 41. East Bridgewater, Framingham, and Middleborough are the towns that will join: Framingham alone will save nearly $18 million. MAPC, spurred by its Metro Mayors Coalition, has long led the efforts to […]

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Investing in Healthy Neighborhoods: The Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund

The way we design neighborhoods can help ­– or hurt – our health. The location of our homes and businesses, the quality of sidewalks and streets, community programs and public safety – all can influence health and quality of life issues from access to healthy food to strong connections with neighbors. Understanding this, the Conservation […]

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Planning for Medical Marijuana

If medical marijuana is to be implemented in a way that works for municipalities, thoughtful planning will be needed. This was the topic at hand at the South Shore Coalition’s (SSC) roundtable discussion, Planning for Medical Marijuana, on November 14, 2013, in Weymouth, Mass. And judging by the size of the audience and number of […]

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A sweet 50th Anniversary Celebration

2013 is MAPC’s Golden Anniversary year: a half-century of promoting smart growth and regional collaboration in Greater Boston! We celebrated our big year at the Fall Council Meeting, held at the Seaport World Trade Center on October 30, 2013. There was a brass band, a big cake (above), an insightful panel discussion, and an opportunity for MAPC […]

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