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What We Do: Arts and Culture

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced a new division within MAPC: Arts & Culture. Arts and culture was already a growth area at MAPC. Recent […]

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How Can We Tell if Complete Streets Policies are Working?

How do we measure what really matters? As a planner, I know the plan is important but it is not what really counts at the end of the day. It’s the changes that follow the plan – changes in policies, funding, and social capital among others – that really count. And, to get to the things […]

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What We Do: Legislative Priorities

  In the video above, MAPC Government Affairs Specialist Steve Byrne discusses MAPC’s legislative priorities. Every legislative session, the government affairs team monitors legislative action on Beacon Hill, identifying, following and advocating for bills and budget items likely to affect MAPC and those living and working in the MAPC region. The team compiles a list […]

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Convert Your Fleet to Clean Fuel: Still Time to Join Group Purchase

Time’s running out to sign up to update your municipal vehicles to clean technology through the first round of MAPC’s Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program. Let us know you’re interested in participating by April 21, 2017 at 5 p.m. and join cities and towns across the State in converting fleet vehicles to run on cleaner fuels. Adding electric, […]

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What Climate Change Could Mean for Your Town’s Trees

Climate change is threatening many communities of Greater Boston and will only worsen over the course of the rest of the century if we don’t quickly accelerate our mitigation efforts. According to Climate Ready Boston, average temperatures, extreme precipitation events, and sea level rise will continue to increase over time. Climate change models make it […]

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Incorporating Art Into Your Planning Process

Whether a colorful mural brightening an otherwise-bare wall, a trail adorned with temporary or permanent public art, or a wastewater treatment plant enhanced by interpretive arts elements, cultural resources and art improve the sense of place and community everywhere from workplaces to small towns to major cities. Arts and culture add vibrancy and connectivity to […]

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Perfect Fit Parking: How Much is Residential Parking Actually Being Used?

In communities across Metro Boston, parking is a point of contention for initiatives ranging from zoning to housing projects: everyone needs more of it. However, there’s little hard data about how many off-street spaces are available in the region and what the actual demand for residential parking is. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s new initiative, […]

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Newton's Community Solar Share Initiative: Sometimes, the Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income brackets. In Boston, for example, median-income households spend 2.8 percent of their total income on electricity on average, whereas low-income households spend 6.7 percent of income on electricity. At the same time, disadvantaged households often do not have […]

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MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition Receives Shannon Grant to Combat Youth and Gang Violence

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition has received the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Grant to prevent youth and gang violence for the 11th consecutive year. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a ceremony at the grand staircase of the Massachusetts State House, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced that $5.7 million […]

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Life Moves Pretty Fast, But Lowering Speed Limits Can Save Lives

“Life moves pretty fast,” goes the quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” What Ferris doesn’t say, though, is that if you slow down, you can also save lives. On Jan. 9, 2017, the City of Boston’s new default speed limit will be 25 […]

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