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MetroCommon 2050 Comic: Equity of Wealth and Health

Health, equity, and prosperity: there are three strands of a single system, braided tightly together. Read this new original comic by Dorchester’s Ludgy Jean-Baptiste to learn and share the basics. This comic was created as part of MetroCommon 2050 and is free for use by planners, policy-makers, and others to use as a tool to […]

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MAPC Releases Catalogue of Climate Resilient Land Use Strategies

Land use regulations can be a powerful tool to provide climate resilience.  From floodplain and wetlands restrictions, to tree protection and water conservation, to design standards and zoning, communities are using their regulatory authority to address the growing impacts of rainstorms, sea level rise, heat, and drought.  Regulatory language and policies specifically crafted to address […]

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MetroCommon 2050 Comic: Inclusive Growth and Mobility

How does the way our region gets around affect us as people? Get the whole (illustrated) story with this new, original piece by local graphic novelist Anna Christine. This graphic story was created to help community members relate their own lives to some of the issues around land use and transportation. This comic was created […]

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Request for Information: Digital Navigators

Request for Information: Digital Navigators The Metropolitan Area Planning Council issued a Request for Information (RFI), looking for organizations that could host or supervise a team of “Digital Navigators.” About 20% of households in Massachusetts Gateway Cities do not have internet access at home, while 30% lack access to computing devices. When households do have […]

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DLTA Spotlight: Win2030 Visioning

Photo by acme401, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0) DLTA Spotilight: Win2030: A Visioning Plan for Winthrop Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and technical staff to work on projects related […]

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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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Video: Federal Economic Development Funding Opportunities Webinar

Looking to fund economic recovery and development efforts in your area? The Economic Development Administration (EDA) offers multiple funding opportunities to help local governments, nonprofits, and other organizations serve economically-distressed areas. This webinar discusses the various grants available and how to apply, and features past EDA grant recipients talking about their recent projects. MAPC provides […]

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DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville A cooling strategies toolkit for increasingly hot summers Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and […]

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Housing Choice at a Glance

Housing Choice at a Glance How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? We’ve compiled a summary of the changes: Housing Choice refers to a number of changes to the state’s zoning law, MGL Ch. 40A that were enacted at the end of the recent legislative session through the Economic […]

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