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Are You Proud of Your Bylaws and Policies?

We Want to Hear From You! The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is developing a resource for municipalities looking to adapt policies and bylaws in response to climate change – and we’re looking for best practices and examples. Climate change will bring extreme rainfall, stronger heat waves, more frequent droughts, and coastal flooding. Have you adopted […]

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MAPC Helps City of Everett, Community Partners Launch First-Ever Food Plan

Photo by Cyara Lambert Good food and good health go hand in hand. With a good food system comes environmental sustainability, social cohesion, and civic engagement. And Everett residents are ready for food system change. Like many urban areas, the City of Everett faces challenges to providing equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods. Recent […]

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Weekend-Long Celebration of Art in Natick

For the Love of Natick: Creative Placemaking Project Culminates with Weekend-Long Celebration of Art By Mallory Nezam, Jennifer Erickson, and Elise Harmon Earlier this month, the Town of Natick saw an infusion of creative projects installed in three locations in Natick Center, including a musical bridge, a colorful hopscotch board, and new wayfinding decals designed […]

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MassTrails, Landline, and Connecting Our Region

Earlier this month, the Baker-Polito administration officially announced an exciting new program: MassTrails, which will provide funding and resources to expand and connect recreational trails and shared-use paths in Massachusetts. In addition to distributing about $5 million in matching grants in Fiscal Year 2020, MassTrails will offer technical assistance and resouces to help design, construct, […]

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MAPC Launches Accelerating Climate Resiliency Grants

If you had the chance to do one small project to prepare your city or town for climate change, what would you do? Last week, MAPC announced the launch of our Accelerating Climate Resiliency Mini Grant Program. Generously funded by the Barr Foundation, the $15,000 to $50,000 grants will advance strategies protecting people, places, and […]

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Fleets for the Future at MAPC: What We Achieved & What’s Up Next

Adding electric, hybrid, and other alternative fuel vehicles to municipal fleets reduces carbon emissions while cutting spending on gasoline and diesel fuels – but the benefits and potential of these technologies aren’t widely known. Municipal fleet managers and departments of public works are wary about buying battery electric or hybrid electric vehicles for their fleets […]

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Shipping Container to Interactive Exhibit: Housing> at HUBweek

Eastern Massachusetts faces a housing shortage that threatens our families and communities, our economic prospects, and our quality of life. Communities are working to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods where people want to – and can afford to – live and work. But that takes homes to live in! MAPC explores these issues and more in […]

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MAPC, Regional Leaders Go on “Learning Journey” to Seattle

When MAPC launched its Arts & Culture Division in 2017, the agency vaulted into the national vanguard for integrating arts and culture into urban and regional planning. As the Arts & Culture practice grows, the MAPC Arts & Culture team is eager to learn from other national leaders in the field and to develop a […]

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MAPC’s DataCommon is Back (and Better Than Ever!)

How much do you know about your community – your town’s demographics, employment, education, or tax revenue? Do you know what the average water usage is, or how many people drive to work versus how many take public transit? If not  – you can! Now there’s a one-stop shop to find all of MAPC’s data […]

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Metro Mayors Announce 185,000 Unit Production Goal

The Boston region is in the midst of a housing crisis. In the communities that make up the Inner Core of the Boston metro region, one in 10 homeowners and one in four renters pays more than half of their income on housing. Inadequate housing production harms everyone – forcing up rents and home costs, […]

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