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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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Webinar:“Women in the Workforce: Addressing the Impacts of COVID-19”

Senate President Karen E. Spilka to headline Zoom event on job losses affecting women during pandemic WHAT: 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. […]

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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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