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Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion

Storytelling to Capture Community Cohesion Sense of place can be difficult to define and express. It’s subjective, political, aesthetic, poetic. You can feel it when you’re there, but everyone will feel differently based on their personal histories and experiences. Daphne Xu, filmmaker and urban planner When the MAPC team started a small business plan for […]

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Moving Our Democracy Forward: Virtual Town Meetings

Moving Our Democracy Forward: Virtual Town Meetings Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Greater Boston region in early March, municipalities have been at the center of addressing many of the problems that rose with it. One of those? Keeping our democracy running. Besides pivoting municipal operations to comply with social distancing guidelines and facilitating general […]

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Call for Participants: “Living Together” Documentary

Download Call for Participants Call for Participants: “Living Together” Documentary MAPC and filmmaker Mariona Lloreta are seeking participants for a short film that will feature residents of Greater Boston. The “Living Together” documentary will highlight the experiences of those living in the region and connect those experiences to MetroCommon 2050, Greater Boston’s next regional plan. […]

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Shared Practices for Engagement in Virtual Meetings

Hosting engaging public meetings over virtual platforms can be tricky. Since the COVID-19 emergency necessitated working from home, MAPC has been working with staff and partners to understand how to host engaging virtual meetings. This document assembles some recommendations and shared practices

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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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Help Envision Future Housing in Marblehead

‘Housing Production Plan’ will identify housing need and shape town’s housing goals for the future For Immediate Release: June 14, 2019 Amanda Linehan Communications Manager Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org MARBLEHEAD – Do you live in Marblehead? Do you have concerns about the ability of seniors, families, workers, and others to afford a […]

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Schools of Thought on Climate Change: MAPC’s Newest Art Installation

Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. MAPC’s newest art installation “Schools of Thought on Climate Change: Stories from Land and Sea,” integrates storytelling with public art to show […]

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Strategies for Addressing Common Concerns during Planning Processes

Planners can often predict the concerns residents will raise during planning processes. “Our schools are already at capacity.” “The traffic would be terrible!” “We must preserve community character.” Sometimes these are justified concerns that require an adjustment to the plan or planning process. Sometimes these concerns are based off false impressions or misinterpretations that can […]

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PHOTOS: MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session in Boston

PHOTOS: MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session in Boston Over 100 people voiced their ideas for their future of our region and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh gave a keynote address at a MetroCommon 2050 Listening Session last Wednesday, March 6, at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury. Attendees at the exhibit-style open house went station-to-station, learning learning fun […]

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Help Plan Greater Boston’s Future

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston is leading a fun and interactive planning process to help the residents of Greater Boston envision what our region should be like long term.

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