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Announcing MetroCommon May

MetroCommon 2050 is the next land use and policy plan for the people who live and work in Greater Boston. At its core will be bold, actionable recommendations. These recommendations – especially for state and local government – will play a critical role in reaching our goals in the next 10, 20, and 30 years.   […]

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May Data Viz: Defining Entitlement

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. May’s visualization displays the distribution of American Rescue Plan funds across the state. We explored if determinations from the older federal formula match current community needs. […]

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April Data Viz: Regional Wastewater Management

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. April’s visualization explores the region’s sewer lines and wastewater management systems. How we handle wastewater has an impact on community growth, and different systems will require […]

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March Data Viz: The Online Municipal Meeting Pivot

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 highlights reflections on virtual zoning and planning board meetings across the state: what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what lessons we can take from one […]

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Explore Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets

New Data Tool: Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets From low-density suburbs to premium-priced urban districts to neighborhoods with a mix of small multifamily and single-family homes, neighborhoods in Greater Boston can look wildly different – even neighborhoods in the same city of town. What’s more, where you live can influence the opportunities available to you. […]

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February Data Viz: Exploring Housing Markets in Greater Boston

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. February’s visualization provides a sneak peek into MAPC’s upcoming research release on housing submarkets. Our region is not made of one housing market, but many, and […]

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How Land Use & Pricing Impact MA Vehicle Miles & Transport Emissions

Absent any major changes in land use or roadway pricing, VMT for personal vehicles is projected to increase by more than 21% between 2010 and 2030. Under such circumstances, fleetwide average fuel efficiency would need to improve to 29 miles per gallon by 2030 just to keep transportation GHG emissions from growing. Even a return […]

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New TNC Fees Could Raise Over $100 Million Annually

Fees on ride-hailing trips proposed in the new transportation bond bill could raise over $100 million annually for the MBTA, other regional transit authorities, municipalities, and the Commonwealth Transportation Fund. The Legislature recently passed H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment, a $16.5 billion, five-year transportation bond bill. In addition to many important project […]

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January Data Viz: The MAPC Zoning Atlas

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. January’s visualization highlights the recently-released MAPC Zoning Atlas and explores residential density throughout the region. A resource nine years in the making, the Zoning Atlas provides […]

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Evictions and COVID-19: The Responsibility of the Large Landlord

The possibility of a pandemic-related “eviction tsunami” has been widely discussed of late, as is the role that federal and state policy must play stemming it. Less prominent has been the discussion of the role that must be played by landlords in general – and, as our recent research has found – large landlords in […]

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