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Heat Preparedness Week 2021: Take Action Today

Heat Preparedness Week 2021 In the Greater Boston region, we’re experiencing more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as generally rising temperatures. 2020 marked the hottest summer globally, with 14 days over 90 degrees in Boston. By the 2030s, scientists predict we could more than double that and have 41 days of 90 degrees due to […]

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Utility Bill Assistance: Massachusetts Resources

Massachusetts Resources for Utility Bill Assistance The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Greater Boston housing market has received a lot of attention as people have struggled to pay rent and mortgages and an eviction crisis looms. People aren’t just struggling to pay their direct housing costs: many also struggle with their utility costs, […]

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Action Alert: Senate Budget Amendments

Call to Action: FY22 House Ways and Means Budget Last month, the Massachusetts House completed debate on the FY22 budget, H.4001. It includes a number of wins for cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. The bill isnow up for deliberation in the Senate. We are urging the Senate to support several amendments to the Senate […]

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The Future of Work: Data and Policies to Shape Greater Boston’s Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on Greater Boston’s economy, workers, travel patterns, and more. At a virtual State House briefing on Tuesday, May 12, staff from MAPC presented research on the “Future of Work” in the region—including data and research on wage polarization, unequal opportunity, industry shifts, and travel behavior—and how […]

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[Video] Webinar: Housing Choice

How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? In this webinar, we share what we know—and what we don’t. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. […]

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MetroCommon 2050 Short Film: Living Together

“Our region thrives when its people do, and our people thrive when their families and social networks are strong, and when their schools, governments, and jobs support them.” In Mariona Lloreta’s new short film, “Living Together,” residents of Cambridge, Framingham, Natick, Quincy, and Somerville reflect on why they live where they do, their experiences living […]

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Announcing MetroCommon May

MetroCommon 2050 is the next land use and policy plan for the people who live and work in Greater Boston. At its core will be bold, actionable recommendations. These recommendations – especially for state and local government – will play a critical role in reaching our goals in the next 10, 20, and 30 years.   […]

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MAPC Awards $400k in ‘Accelerating Climate Resiliency’ Grants

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Earth Week at MAPC: Events and Project Highlights

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans – 10 percent of the United States’ population – demonstrated to raise awareness of air, water, and soil pollution and to support federal and state environmental protection mandates. This remains the largest single day of protest in U.S. history.   Many point to this day – Earth Day – […]

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Action Alert: FY22 House Ways and Means Budget

Call to Action: FY22 House Ways and Means Budget On Wednesday, the MA House Ways and Means Committee released their FY22 budget bill, H.4000. It includes a number of wins for cities and towns throughout the Commonwealth. We’re incredibly grateful to the House Ways and Means Committee for their hard work on the budget (you […]

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