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How Did We Do as a Region? Call for Feedback on MetroFuture Wins and Losses

As MAPC ramps up for our regional plan update process, we’re taking a hard last look at MetroFuture – and we need your input. MetroFuture was Greater Boston’s long term regional plan, adopted in 2008. It included a vision for the future, 65 specific goals, and thirteen implementation strategies on topics that ranged from housing to […]

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A Bold and Creative Approach to Public Outreach: City of Newton’s Public Design Week

Earlier this summer, MAPC participated in Newton’s first Public Design Week, a one week public visioning process hosted by the City of Newton. The event is part of the City’s “Hello Washington Street!” initiative. “Hello Washington Street” is a thirteen-month process that began in April 2018 and is anticipated to go until May 2019. It […]

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Sharing Information on Opioid Use: How can Health Care and Local Government Partners Communicate to Save Lives?

As part of the work that supports the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC) in addressing the opioid crisis, MAPC, in partnership with Mass General Hospital, hosted a forum on information sharing at MGH’s Revere HealthCare Center. The event, “Sharing Information on Opioid Use: How Can Health Care and Local Government Partners Communicate to Save Lives”, brought […]

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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Planning Process: Why It’s Important and How to Get Involved

You may be most familiar with state energy efficiency programs like MassSave Program due to their ubiquitous branding – but did you know energy efficiency programs provide much more to cities and towns than free LED light bulbs for its residents and business owners? Massachusetts is ranked first in the nation for the quality of its […]

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Sole of Rockland at Rockland Day!

On Saturday, June 16th, MAPC staff attended Rockland Day to help raise money and support for the town’s creative placemaking project, Sole of Rockland. Sole of Rockland is a fully developed, interactive creative placemaking concept and demonstration that will strengthen and support the REiMAGINE ROCKLAND downtown revitalization effort. MAPC engaged Rockland Day attendees through a […]

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Metro Boston is Charging Up: Plug-in to Municipal Best Practices Workshop

Across the Commonwealth, residents are starting to make the switch from gasoline powered vehicles to electric vehicles. However, some remain hesitant to make the switch due to the lack of public charging stations available. One of the biggest fears that electric car owners have is not being able to find a charging station when they […]

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The Impact of Arts and Culture in Public Health

Article Written by Michael Rosenberg with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg   Art and culture implemented in community spaces through public art and cultural events can have a positive impact on community health in multiple ways. On Monday, April 23, a discussion about Art and Public Health wrapped up the third and final installment of […]

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Cybersecurity & Management: What are you risking?

We leave a digital footprint with everything we do. Data is being generated whenever we use our GPS-equipped smartphones or go on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This ever-growing stream of information is the foundation of Big Data that MAPC uses to explore trends, crowdsource, and spur change. The power of data gives […]

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MAPC & Eversource: Next Steps in Peak Demand

On Wednesday, April 4th, MAPC and Eversource hosted a webinar together to share new peak demand reduction opportunities with municipalities who have successfully shed load through MAPC’s peak electricity demand notification program. Municipalities specifically learned about battery storage, thermal storage, software and controls, and active demand response projects to take advantage of this summer 2018.

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Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking

Written by Patricia Walsh at AFTA with additional comments provided by Jennifer Henaghan at APA and Jennifer Erickson at MAPC Creative placemaking has been an ongoing discussion in cities and towns across the country for several years, but where do planners sit in this dialogue? What role does a planner have in the development of […]

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