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Finding the right words: Community engagement in Quincy

Last Thursday evening, MAPC and the City of Quincy hosted a meeting with residents, property owners, and business owners in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy to talk about a vision for Wollaston Center. To engage participants, MAPC asked the question “In one word or short phrase, what do you like best about the Wollaston area?” We used […]

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Transportation World In Crisis?

If you’ve heard a lot about the federal government’s new two-year transportation funding program but aren’t sure what it means for Massachusetts, Transportation for America is here to translate this significant bill into Bay State terms. T4A Director James Corless visited the State House today to outline what the $105 billion re-authorization bill means for […]

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MAPC Book Club

Parking lots are a mainstay of the 21st century city. With an estimated 600,000,000 passenger cars worldwide and 500,000,000 parking spaces in the US alone, lots take up huge amounts of land – in some cities, as much as one-third of the metropolitan footprint. With such a staggering presence, shouldn’t planners, designers and public officials […]

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Play it to PlanIt: Online gaming meets community planning in NoQuWo

North Quincy & Wollaston (NoQuWo) area residents can sign up now to play NoQuWo: Neighborhoods on the move, the online game that will help plan the future of their community. This game is part of the” next generation” of online gaming technology as a planning/visioning community engagement tool and launches this Saturday, May 5 with a launch […]

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Planner jargon de-coded: What is a Megapolitan?

The concept of  megapolitans in the U.S. is the subject of a new book and has cropped up recently in articles about the future of planning. What do they mean by “megapolitan”? Megapolitans in the U.S. are clustered networks of American cities where the population is projected to be between 7 and 63 million by 2025. (See […]

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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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