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March Data Viz: A Region Under Construction

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. March’s visualization looks at development across the region from 2015 through 2025. Using data from MAPC’s own MassBuilds, this visualization explores where development has happened, is […]

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Crowded In and Priced Out: Housing for Families in Greater Boston

Photo by Alex Koppelman Crowded In and Priced Out: Housing Families in Greater Boston A majority of “family-sized” units in Greater Boston aren’t occupied by families with children, a new MAPC study shows. “Crowded In and Priced Out: Why It’s So Hard to Find a Family Sized-Unit in Greater Boston” examines who’s living in “family-sized” […]

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“Crowded in and Priced Out:” Housing Families with Children in Greater Boston

Nearly one out of every four families with children in 12 Greater Boston communities pay more than half their income for housing, while nearly one in ten live in overcrowded conditions.

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A Study in Magenta: Color Accessibility in MAPC’s Trailmap

MAPC’s Trailmap, the most comprehensive and up-to-date collection of biking and walking trails in Massachusetts, is back in its third iteration. This new-and-improved version of Trailmap allows users to search by address to find trails near them and provides easy access to detailed maps of foot trails, bicycle facilities, and multi-use paths. Users can see […]

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First Miles: Crunching the Numbers on Dockless Bike Share in Greater Boston

Click Here to Read the Full First Miles Report Metro Boston has a wealth of transportation options practically unheard of ten years ago, from ride-hailing and carsharing to bike share and scooters. Each of these new types of mobility provides not only new options for travelers, but also new sources of data that can help […]

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New research reveals demand for bike share in Greater Boston communities

Analysis of bike share trip data identifies opportunities for suburban bike infrastructure investments Click Here to Access the Interactive Report Boston – New research by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) analyzing over 300,000 bike share trips reveals demand for bike share in Greater Boston communities, as well as opportunities for improvements to suburban cycling […]

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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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New study finds off-street residential parking overbuilt across Metro Boston

Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org 30% of off-street parking spaces at apartment buildings sit empty during peak demand, new research finds Boston – New research by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) shows most of the communities in Metro Boston have built more residential off-street parking than is needed […]

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New study identifies climate impacts of Uber, Lyft

A new study by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) shows that ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are increasing not just traffic but greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in Greater Boston, in a first-ever analysis of the climate impacts of transportation network companies, or TNCs.

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MAPC Wins Planning Awards

Last week, the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) presented MAPC with two awards: the Social Advocacy Award for and the Metropolitan Mayors’ Coalition Regional Housing Task Force and the Outstanding Planning Project Award for MassBuilds, a visual database of development in the Greater Boston region. Earlier this month, MAPC’s Clean Energy team […]

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