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Help Build a Sculptural Garden Along Northern Strand Community Trail

Written by Carolyn Lewenberg at MAPC with additional comments provided by Emily Nink, Kathleen O’Brien, and Jenn Erickson Community gardeners and other members of the public excited about growing food are invited to help build a sculptural garden area along the Northern Strand Community Trail! The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s arts and culture, environment, and […]

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Hull’s Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan to Be Presented at February 8 Public Meeting

Meeting to present the 2018 update of Hull’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and solicit public comments Who: Hull residents, business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations and institutions, and others who are interested in preventing and reducing damage from natural hazards. What: The Hull Hazard Mitigation Team will hold a public meeting to present an overview of […]

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What Climate Change Could Mean for Your Town’s Trees

Climate change is threatening many communities of Greater Boston and will only worsen over the course of the rest of the century if we don’t quickly accelerate our mitigation efforts. According to Climate Ready Boston, average temperatures, extreme precipitation events, and sea level rise will continue to increase over time. Climate change models make it […]

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Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics

Quick links: Executive Summary, Full Report Boston’s Olympic bid has the potential to shape the region for years to come. Our new report, issued jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, urges Olympic planners to put legacy first. While the Olympic Games will only last a few weeks, the bid offers […]

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Investing in Healthy Neighborhoods: The Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund

The way we design neighborhoods can help ­– or hurt – our health. The location of our homes and businesses, the quality of sidewalks and streets, community programs and public safety – all can influence health and quality of life issues from access to healthy food to strong connections with neighbors. Understanding this, the Conservation […]

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Boston Green Map: Find Your Space!

This Sunday, July 14 we’re launching our Boston Green Map website & app at Circle the City on Avenue of the Arts. Will you join us?? Boston Green Map is a web application that allows users to locate all of the green spaces and recreational activities in any neighborhood, including parks, community gardens, playing fields, swimming pools […]

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Modern water systems: Not just a pipe dream for MA

Today is World Water Day, a day to appreciate the importance of freshwater, and focus our attention on sustainable ways for preserving this precious resource. In MAPC’s little corner of the wider world of water, we are involved in many projects that support these goals, and are currently gearing up to take a lead role […]

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Farm share: MAPC talks agriculture preservation with local growers

We held our first agricultural forum in Sudbury last night and we absolutely filled the venue!  Nearly 100 people attended the forum and the word from attendees was that it was a great success. Staff from MAPC guided the discussion on successes and challenges to agricultural practice as well as determining ways that the agency […]

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Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is because it’s getting warmer.

The past two Halloweens have brought quite a trick to New England. Last year at this time, a Nor’Easter came around and left a path of damage from snow, flooding and power outages. This October, “Superstorm Sandy” left a similar trail of damage, with a huge economic cost as millions of people across the Eastern […]

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Get Pumped About Water: the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill

MAPC staff members periodically take a portion of a day to participate in a company-wide team-building exercise, with the purpose of learning something new about our region. The most recent outing took place last month at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. This one year old museum is housed in the original, visually striking Chestnut […]

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