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Fun Friday: Smart growth inspiration

Need some inspiration? A couple of colleagues and I just returned from the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Kansas City, Missouri! I always come back jazzed from all the people that I meet and all the cool community engagement ideas I hear about. This year was no different. I found inspiration in all […]

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Building support for transportation finance reform

On Monday, February 25, more than 100 people came to Salem’s Old Town Hall for an MAPC regional forum, co-sponsored by many local, regional, and statewide partners, focusing on the importance of investing in our transportation system. MassDOT officials spoke about reforms that have been implemented, and the needs for investments so that the system […]

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Open House recap + raffle prize winners!

Open House 2013 was possibly our best Open House yet! We had a record number of guests–266 to be exact. These visitors toured the MAPC office in Downtown Boston, met with our staff, and had the chance to hear about all of the exciting projects we’re working on. This Open House focused on our 50th anniversary as […]

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What does speed have to do with vibrant communities?

On January 18, MAPC hosted a packed house for Slow Down! Speed Reduction Strategies for Vibrant Communities. The room was filled with bicycle and pedestrian advocates, local planners and public works staff, public health professionals, transportation engineers, elected officials, and local law enforcement. You can view all of the powerpoint presentations from the event below Better […]

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Discover the world of planning at the MAPC Open House

Have you registered for the MAPC Open House yet? Whether you’re completely new to MAPC, or you’ve gotten to know us through a specific project in your region or area of interest, there is always more to learn about the work that we’ve been doing, through this event! In the past year, we created a […]

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“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

Yesterday, the Patrick Administration unveiled a menu of options for plugging the gap in the state’s transportation budget, based on the findings of a report prepared by MassDOT,  titled “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan.” The MassDOT report calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year in order to fund our transportation […]

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New maps show travel times on the T

Maps are perfect for telling you how far away places are, but what about how long it takes to get there? Whether you’re on a bus, in a car, or taking the T, knowing the time you’ll spend getting from A to B is probably more important than knowing the number of miles between them. […]

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The Weave data visualization platform: how to get a free training and a free account

Originally published on the blog of Deborah Elizabeth Finn Heads up, mission-based organizations in Massachusetts!   Powerful data visualization tools(and the skills to use them) are within your reach. For free. Thanks to the MetroBoston DataCommon, all you need to get started is to sign up for one of their trainings.  The DataCommon is a joint project of the Metropolitan Area Planning Counciland the Boston […]

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Smart growth shopping: Choosing a city stroller

Yesterday, I (meaning my husband, 8 month-old son, and me) went stroller shopping. Somehow our physical space constraints and our commuting patterns seem to figure into just about everything we purchase – will it fit and can you walk with it? In the case of a stroller we needed to consider: 1) how easily it collapses, and […]

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"Fiscal cliff" deal yields a win for public transit

One important federal transportation issue that MAPC has been working on in the past year is/was the disparity between commuter tax benefits for those who drive and those who take public transportation. Beginning on January 1, 2012, commuters who drive (and park) could claim up to $240 per month in tax deductions, while commuters who […]

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