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Equity-Forward Economic Development in Uphams Corner

Equity-Forward Development in Uphams Corner Across the Boston region and the United States, neighborhoods are experiencing significant economic changes. In some cases, residents can ride the wave of the economic surge and see their lives improve. Unfortunately, not all are lifted by this wave: many have been limited by a history of racial, legal, and […]

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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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Local Zoning is Making it Difficult to Build Housing Around Boston. That’s Raising Prices for Everyone.

Small, subjective local decisions and bylaw changes tip the balance away from multifamily housing production and create hurdles for even good-quality development to succeed, found a report released today on local zoning and multifamily housing in the cities and towns surrounding Boston. “The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston” reveals that a […]

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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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MAPC and City of Salem Launch “Homes for Salem” Video Series

This week, MAPC and the City of Salem launched “Homes for Salem,” a video series on housing in Salem. We talked to Salem residents and workers about the rising costs of housing, the housing market, the struggles many residents face to find affordable housing, and strategies the city could take to meet housing need. While […]

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Study: Local Zoning Rules Block Multi-Family Housing in MA

Cities & towns making it difficult to build housing even amid housing shortage and affordability crisis, research finds Boston – Over the past 15 years, despite many changes in local zoning, it remains difficult if not impossible to build multi-family housing in cities and towns across Metro Boston, according to a detailed study on development […]

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Statement of the Metro Mayors Coalition on the Governor’s Housing Bill

Statement of the Metro Mayors Coalition on the Governor’s Housing Choice Bill   The Boston region is in the midst of a housing crisis. The communities of the Metro Mayors Coalition represent over 1.4 million constituents in the urban core of Metropolitan Boston. Sale prices and rents in our communities are among the highest of […]

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Salem Housing Forum

Salem Housing Forum Learn about housing needs in Salem and guide a new affordable housing policy for the City Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) 617-933-0705 alinehan@mapc.org For Immediate Release: Thursday, February 21, 2019  Salem – Join the City of Salem and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a free public […]

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