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Building the Future: MAPC’s MassBuilds Shows Past, Present, and Future Development

Metropolitan Boston needs to build an average of 16,000 new homes per year to meet projected demand. But between 2010 and 2017, we averaged just over 10,500 units per year. Ten percent of homeowners and 25 percent of renters in Metro Boston pay more than half of their income on housing. It’s clear that we’re […]

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As Summer Heats Up, Keep Cool with MAPC’s Interactive Online Map

It’s mid-July and the Boston Metro Region has already experienced several days over 90 degrees, including a heat wave at the start of July when there were five 90+ degree days. Visit Keep Cool at keepcool.mapc.org Climate science shows that these types of hot days will increase in intensity and number over the next few […]

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Software Developers: Have You Considered Working for the Government?

This post was originally published by MAPC Full-Stack Developer Ian Hill on Medium. Read the original article here. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind, government agencies don’t receive enough attention from software developers and soon-to-be graduates looking for rewarding work. Public servants are like the cast and crew of a feature film. A handful of skilled actors capture the […]

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Trips, Traps, and APIs

Navigating legacy app integrations in government This post was originally published by MAPC Lead Civic Web Developer Matt Zagaja on Medium. Read the original article here.   In Digital Services at MAPC, we commonly integrate our apps with other software through application programming interfaces (APIs). Being able to integrate with other software allows us to […]

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The Feedback-Induced Pivot: Retrofitting Apps to Better Meet User Needs

This post discusses the new version of MAPC’s MassBuilds application. The new version will be available to the public in late April.   This post was originally published by MAPC Frontend Developer Eric Youngberg on Medium. Read the original article here.   My favorite applications are the ones that work. There are many applications that […]

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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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Meeting Youth Where They’re At

How a group of government technologists designed a more accessible summer employment system for Boston youth

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Report Release: “Fare Choices” on Ride-Hailing in Metro Boston

On February 6, MAPC released “Fare Choices,” a survey of ride-hailing passengers in Metro Boston. The ride-hailing industry, led by Uber and Lyft, has seen explosive growth in recent years. As more and more travelers choose these on-demand mobility services, they have the potential to transform regional travel patterns. These transformations may become even more […]

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Housing Production and School Enrollment: Not as Simple as the Birds and the Bees

Please read brief for substantiation and full discussion  Step into a community meeting about a new housing development, and you’re likely to hear a conversation about school enrollment. The question of how many children may live in newly built housing—and how many of those kids might attend the local schools—has become a central part of […]

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Beat the Heat This Summer With Keep Cool

Just in time for the official start of summer, MAPC has rolled out its pioneering Keep Cool app. In partnership with the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, MAPC soft launched this innovative new web application last summer as a resource for those who live and work in the Coalition’s 14 cities and towns in […]

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