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MAGIC Legislative Breakfast: Town Officials & Legislators Discuss Local, Regional Priorities

Attendees of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) Legislative Breakfast heard from four state legislators over quiche and coffee at the Lexington Community Center on Friday, May 3. MAGIC, one of MAPC’s eight subregions, is a group of 13 communities northwest of Boston: Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, […]

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Senate Budget: MAPC Call to Action

Help us support smart growth and regional collaboration in the budget by contacting your state senator today. Last week, the Senate Ways and Means Committee released their FY2020 state budget proposal. Senators had until last Friday to submit amendments to that proposal: over 1,100 were submitted. MAPC has identified two amendments as key priorities and […]

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Spark: Weigh in On MetroCommon 2050 Goals

There are some things your Greater Boston city or town can’t do on its own. Those issues are bigger than any one place, and working on them will take a plan. MetroCommon 2050 is just that: Greater Boston’s next regional plan. Your city or town is already involved. We want you to be in on […]

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: How MA Cities and Towns are Connecting People to Services

The Chelsea Hub and Revere’s Substance Use Disorder Initiatives are highlighted in MAPC’s Connecting People to Services. Cities and towns in Greater Boston are on the front line in addressing the impacts of the opioid epidemic. Local police and fire are often first on the scene to revive individuals who have overdosed. Municipal public health, […]

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SWAP Legislative Breakfast: Town Officials & State Reps Discuss Local, Regional Priorities

The Southwest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP), one of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s eight subregions, gathered at the Thayer Homestead in Medway on Friday, March 29 for its annual legislative breakfast. The breakfast gives local officials and municipal staff the chance to connect with their state representatives over breakfast and coffee. Attendees heard from Representative […]

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How Do We Fix Congestion Around Sullivan Square?

The time has come to tackle the transportation crisis in Sullivan Square and its vicinity. Morning rush hour Orange Line ridership exceeds capacity between Sullivan Square and State Street. For four hours every weekday morning, the average speed on I-93 southbound from Medford to Charlestown is less than 22 miles per hour. And the area […]

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Community Safety Day Advocates for Funding to Combat Violence

On Tuesday, March 12, local officials, mayors and city managers, community leaders, law enforcement officers, and youth gathered at the State House for Community Safety Day on the Hill. Speakers addressed a standing room-only crowd to discuss effective ways of combating youth and gang violence, to educate attendees about the importance of supporting youth violence […]

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PHOTOS: MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session in Boston

PHOTOS: MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session in Boston Over 100 people voiced their ideas for their future of our region and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh gave a keynote address at a MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session last Wednesday, March 6, at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Attendees at the exhibit-style open house went station-to-station, learning learning fun […]

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Apply Today: MetroCommon 2050 Community Engagement Advisory Committee

[Update: Monday, March 4]: The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, March 15 Interested in working with diverse groups of people to help plan for the future of the Greater Boston region? Love community engagement, social media, networking, urban planning, or all of the above? Are you interested in helping marginalized or underserved […]

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Getting to Net Zero: How Your Municipality Can Help Improve the Building Code

The building sector is the second-largest source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Massachusetts. With increasing awareness of the negative health impacts of inefficient buildings and carbon emissions, many municipalities have identified GHG emissions in buildings as an issue that they would like to address more fully within their communities. While cities and towns can […]

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