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MetroFuture Walks & Talks: Tour of Drumlin Farm

On April 26th  Friday,August 3, 2012, the MetroFuture Walks & Talks program will visit Drumlin Farm, an active local farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  We will get a chance to explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large […]

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MetroFuture Walks & Talks: The Somerville Maple Syrup Boil Down

One of the strategies outlined in MAPC’s MetroFuture regional plan is the creation and strengthening of local food programs. Somerville, Mass., is one of the many cities and towns in our region that have embraced this concept. This coming Saturday, March 3, Friends of MetroFuture will check out the local food scene at the Maple Syrup […]

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MAPC Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Tuesday night for MAPC’s 3rd annual Open House! Visitors toured three floors of offices in MAPC’s  Downtown Crossing building and met many members of the MAPC staff. Along the way, they earn raffle tickets by participated in games and activities. Raffle prizes this year included “Baskets O’ Localness,” which were packed […]

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MAPC Open House: Come one, come all…

Calling all of Metro Boston’s residents, community leaders, planning students, city/town officials, energy buffs, bike advocates, data geeks and more. Come one come all to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s 2012 Open House! Drop in, pick up your “Passport” and be lead through the maze of MAPC’s work.  Not only will you learn about our […]

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New Year’s resolutions from MAPC

Need a New Year’s resolution for 2012? The best resolutions are those that you can actually stick to, and sometimes that requires a little extra help. Here are some commitments to make to yourself that MAPC can help support you with: 1. Get some exercise during your daily commute. Instead of vowing to go to […]

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The casinos are coming: What should communities expect?

  Last week, the Governor signed Chapter 194 of the Acts of 2011 that will bring up to three resort casinos and one slot machine facility to Massachusetts. Without taking a pro or con side on the issue of casinos in Massachusetts, MAPC has been actively involved in the debate over the course of several […]

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Are some places too sacred for development?

Are there certain places that should never be built upon? This is a question I’ve been grappling with, as a planner and as an American, since visiting a sacred burial ground in the Midwest during a professional conference this summer. In August I attended the National Scenic Byways Conference in Minneapolis, where I participated in […]

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