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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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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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The Energy it Takes to Keep Cool

The Energy it Takes to Keep Cool Written by Natalie Manitius and Kimberly Clark The increasing number of extreme heat days presents a challenge in the region to both decrease energy demand in order to prevent pressure on infrastructure and, at the same time, expand access to and the affordability of air conditioning to reduce […]

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MAPC Releases Original Short Film “At Home”

At Home, an original short film that reveals the human side of the region’s housing crisis, is now available for viewing and sharing. Clocking in at just over five minutes, At Home was created to help decision-makers and constituents feel some of the urgency of solving our housing problem, and to inform their decision-making. Mariona […]

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Getting to Yes: Zoning Under Housing Choice [Video]

Recently-passed Housing Choice legislation made it easier to pass multifamily zoning in Massachusetts–but how can municipalities build support for housing initiatives? The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Friday, June 4. Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community […]

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Heat Preparedness Week 2021: Take Action Today

Heat Preparedness Week 2021 In the Greater Boston region, we’re experiencing more frequent and intense heat waves, as well as generally rising temperatures. 2020 marked the hottest summer globally, with 14 days over 90 degrees in Boston. By the 2030s, scientists predict we could more than double that and have 41 days of 90 degrees due to […]

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[Video] Webinar: Housing Choice

How will recently-passed Housing Choice legislation impact zoning in your city or town? In this webinar, we share what we know—and what we don’t. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Citizen’s Housing & Planning Association (CHAPA), and Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) hosted this informational session and Q&A on Thursday, May 6 at 1 p.m. […]

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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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Video: The Impacts of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women in the workforce are both severe and lopsided in comparison to men. For women of color, who make up a higher percentage of essential workers, job losses are even worse. Addressing this “she-cession” will take a focused effort across sectors: government, business, advocates, and academia must all […]

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Climate Roadmap Bill Signed into Law: Here’s Our Summary

Next-Generation Roadmap Bill: What You Need to Know On Friday, Governor Charlie Baker signed the historic “Act creating a next-generation roadmap for Massachusetts climate policy.” This is the culmination of years of efforts by climate advocates, including MAPC, and will help Massachusetts stay at the forefront of US climate policy.   The road to this […]

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