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A Vision for Green Infrastructure in the Region

Bioswale | Photo via Aaron Volkening, Flickr Stormwater runoff is one the major contributors of pollution in our waterways on any given day. When system failures occur due to excessive precipitation, our streets and homes flood and residents are sometimes exposed to untreated wastewater – and this will become more and more of a concern […]

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Clean Tech and Climate Resilience Converge in Wayland

Wayland’s newest resilience technology may not look flashy – just a series of boxes on the wall at the middle school. But the new equipment allows the school’s solar parking canopy to operate even if there’s a power outage – and prepares for the integration of battery storage in the future. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, […]

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MARPA-DLS Conference: 21st Century Municipalities

Join us for the Statewide Municipal Partnerships Conference Tuesday, October 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. College of the Holy Cross Hogan Campus Center 1 College Street Worcester, MA 01610 Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and members from all the Massachusetts Regional Planning Agencies welcome you to join them at the 2019 Annual Statewide Conference […]

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Governor Signs FY2020 State Budget Into Law

The budget that Governor Baker signed into law last week includes $43.3 billion in appropriations, including many increased investments in smart growth and regional planning priorities. MAPC thanks Governor Baker for approving a FY2020 budget that increases funding for key MAPC priorities, including the District Local Technical Assistance program, Shannon Grant, Community Preservation Assistance Trust […]

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Cambridge Wins 11th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

Youth from eight cities and towns had the chance to compete head-to-head this weekend in a basketball tournament held by the Metro Mayors Coalition. On Saturday, Aug. 3, teams from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, Somerville, Revere, and Winthrop competed in the 11th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament at Hoyt Field in Cambridge. This year’s […]

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A Day of Fun on the Malden River

On Saturday, July 27, over 200 people gathered at River’s Edge to explore the Malden River, enjoy an evening of family-friendly activities and learn about opportunities to add more public space along the Malden River. “Exploring the Malden River” was part of the Malden River Creative Placemaking project. MAPC’s Arts and Culture team is working […]

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Most Metro Boston Residential Developments Overbuild Off-Street Parking

Nearly 30 percent of off-street parking spaces at multifamily developments in cities and towns around Boston are sitting empty at peak demand time, according to research released today by MAPC. MAPC staff counted nearly 20,000 parking spots at almost 200 multifamily buildings in Arlington, Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Somerville, […]

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Local Zoning is Making it Difficult to Build Housing Around Boston. That’s Raising Prices for Everyone.

Small, subjective local decisions and bylaw changes tip the balance away from multifamily housing production and create hurdles for even good-quality development to succeed, found a report released today on local zoning and multifamily housing in the cities and towns surrounding Boston. “The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston” reveals that a […]

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MAPC and City of Salem Launch “Homes for Salem” Video Series

This week, MAPC and the City of Salem launched “Homes for Salem,” a video series on housing in Salem. We talked to Salem residents and workers about the rising costs of housing, the housing market, the struggles many residents face to find affordable housing, and strategies the city could take to meet housing need. While […]

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Integrating Arts in Transportation Planning

Artists, planners, engineers, transportation advocates, and government employees all gathered together last month for a workshop exploring the nuts and bolts of integrating art into transportation projects. On Friday, May 17, MAPC and Transportation for America hosted “Rails, Trails, Streets: Art in Transportation,” which focused on how art can enhance rail corridors, trails, and streets. […]

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