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Exploring Art’s role in Green Infrastructure

Article written by Deidra Montgomery, with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg On Monday, January 29, more than 70 artists, arts administrators, and regional and municipal planners gathered at the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) to learn more about the intersections of public art and the environment. The event, Art and Green Infrastructure, was […]

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Hull’s Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan to Be Presented at February 8 Public Meeting

Meeting to present the 2018 update of Hull’s Hazard Mitigation Plan and solicit public comments Who: Hull residents, business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations and institutions, and others who are interested in preventing and reducing damage from natural hazards. What: The Hull Hazard Mitigation Team will hold a public meeting to present an overview of […]

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MAPC Staff kicks off Envision Duxbury

On Wednesday, November 15, MAPC hosted the first public forum for the Duxbury Comprehensive Master Plan, entitled “Envision Duxbury,” at the Duxbury Free Library. Over 80 Duxbury residents came out to the community forum to voice their priorities for Phase one – Housing, Open Space & Recreation, and Historic & Cultural Resources. The night began with a […]

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2017 Fall Council Meeting and Drive Electric Vehicle Event Recap

    On Wednesday, October 25th, MAPC held its annual Fall Council Meeting at the Quincy Marriott. The meeting brought together over 100 Council Members, staff, and officers; with special guests from the Mann family and City of Quincy’s Mayor Thomas P. Koch. We were delighted to have presented Michelle Ciccolo with the Mayor Theodore Mann Regional […]

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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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Planning 101 Blog: Newton’s Community Solar Share Initiative

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income tax brackets, and can’t afford the upfront costs of buying and installing cost-saving solar panels.

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Help Envision the Future of Middleton with the Masterplan 300 Survey

Do you live or work in Middleton? Are you interested in helping to envision what the community’s future should look like? Middleton residents are also encouraged to take a visioning survey.

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