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MAPC on a Roll: Hazard Mitigation Plan

Since 2005, MAPC has completed FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans for 82 of our communities, and we have prepared 5-year plan updates for 50 cities and towns. Hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. At MAPC, our planners do their best to draft the most appropriate […]

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What We Do: Arts and Culture

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced a new division within MAPC: Arts & Culture. Arts and culture was already a growth area at MAPC. Recent […]

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Incorporating Art Into Your Planning Process

Whether a colorful mural brightening an otherwise-bare wall, a trail adorned with temporary or permanent public art, or a wastewater treatment plant enhanced by interpretive arts elements, cultural resources and art improve the sense of place and community everywhere from workplaces to small towns to major cities. Arts and culture add vibrancy and connectivity to […]

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Perfect Fit Parking: How Much is Residential Parking Actually Being Used?

In communities across Metro Boston, parking is a point of contention for initiatives ranging from zoning to housing projects: everyone needs more of it. However, there’s little hard data about how many off-street spaces are available in the region and what the actual demand for residential parking is. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s new initiative, […]

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How Municipalities Are Saving Money and Energy through MAPC’s Peak Demand Notification Program

For most of us, paying for electricity means paying for what we use. Municipalities do that, too, but they also have to pay something called a capacity charge for their large accounts. This is a charge assessed by ISO-New England, the grid operator, to ensure account holders pay in proportion to their usage and that […]

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New App Helps Inner Core Residents Keep Cool!

Keep Cool this summer! Keepcool.mapc.org In partnership with the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, MAPC’s Digital Services has launched a digital initiative on climate change and heat safety called “Keep Cool.” Residents across the 14 Metro Mayors communities can use an online map (mobile friendly) to find cool public places like swimming pools, spray decks, wading pools, […]

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Municipal Light Departments in Massachusetts: What are they and why should you care?

Quick Link: Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts: Spotlight on Clean Energy Initiatives For most communities in Massachusetts, electricity is provided by an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) such as National Grid, or Eversource. For some, though, electric power is a governmental service, like sewer or water, provided by a Municipal Light Department or “muni.” There are […]

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Rapid Health Impact Assessments

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has explored multiple topics through HIA, including public transit, speed limits, housing and mixed-use developments, land use zoning, school building, and funding for […]

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MAPC Partners with Tufts University on Food Access Mapping

Staff from MAPC’s Public Health and Data Services departments partnered with students from Tufts University this spring to analyze access to healthy food across Massachusetts. Food access is a fundamental element to healthy neighborhoods. Where communities face barriers to getting their grocery needs met, people are less healthy, and obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses […]

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Communities Find New Ways to Access Cleaner, More Affordable Energy

By Cammy Peterson, Clean Energy Director at MAPC. Cross-posted from the Barr Foundation blog. How leading cities and towns in Massachusetts are scaling up renewable energy while bringing cost savings to their residents. When your electricity bill comes in the mail, do you think about changing your supplier? Massachusetts customers have been able to choose […]

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