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Medfield Town Meeting Votes on Future of Medfield State Hospital

At MAPC, civic participation is the backbone of planning. That’s why our Medfield Creative Placemaking project centers community engagement and activation at the core of efforts to build public education and make meaning out of the town-owned site of the former Medfield State Hospital. MAPC is providing technical assistance to the Town of Medfield to […]

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A Comprehensive Master Plan for North Reading

In Massachusetts, cities and towns must create and update “master plans,” which are just what they sound like: plans for the future of the municipality that touch on everything from economic development to housing to transportation (and more). These plans help inform decision-making for local boards, committees, and Town Meetings to guide everything from zoning […]

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A Vision for Green Infrastructure in the Region

Bioswale | Photo via Aaron Volkening, Flickr Stormwater runoff is one the major contributors of pollution in our waterways on any given day. When system failures occur due to excessive precipitation, our streets and homes flood and residents are sometimes exposed to untreated wastewater – and this will become more and more of a concern […]

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Successful Plan Implementation: Local Champions Describe How MAPC Can Help

“It’s the rare municipality that has a large enough planning staff to deal with all of its issues on its own,” Keith Bergman, a past president of MAPC and former Littleton town administrator, said at a MAPC workshop earlier this year. “They need to tap into a greater resource.” For many cities and towns, MAPC […]

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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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Strategies for Addressing Common Concerns during Planning Processes

Planners can often predict the concerns residents will raise during planning processes. “Our schools are already at capacity.” “The traffic would be terrible!” “We must preserve community character.” Sometimes these are justified concerns that require an adjustment to the plan or planning process. Sometimes these concerns are based off false impressions or misinterpretations that can […]

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Spark: Weigh in On MetroCommon 2050 Goals

There are some things your Greater Boston city or town can’t do on its own. Those issues are bigger than any one place, and working on them will take a plan. MetroCommon 2050 is just that: Greater Boston’s next regional plan. Your city or town is already involved. We want you to be in on […]

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How Do We Fix Congestion Around Sullivan Square?

The time has come to tackle the transportation crisis in Sullivan Square and its vicinity. Morning rush hour Orange Line ridership exceeds capacity between Sullivan Square and State Street. For four hours every weekday morning, the average speed on I-93 southbound from Medford to Charlestown is less than 22 miles per hour. And the area […]

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Help Plan for Duxbury’s Future!

Join us for a public forum on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 to help put the finishing touches on the town’s next master plan, “Envision Duxbury.”

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