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Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament Brings Community Together for the 13th Year

Metro Mayors Host 13th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament Annual event brings together law enforcement, youth, community and workers in celebration of a safe summer. EVERETT – Local teens, community-based organization workers and law enforcement officials joined together for the Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament last weekend, in a show of solidarity to support the […]

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Metro Mayors Issue Statement on Orange Line Shutdown

Metro Mayors Issue Statement on Orange Line Shutdown For Immediate Release: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition has advocated for a fully funded, safe, reliable, frequent, and accessible transportation system since the Coalition was founded in 2001. Unfortunately, the continual postponement of investments in this critical public service has led to reduced service, serious safety […]

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Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation

Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation  Photo by Aubrey Odom-Mabey, Unsplash For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 21 2022 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is pleased that the Legislature has passed a comprehensive climate package that will positively impact our region’s environment, infrastructure, economy, and public health. We thank both the House and Senate […]

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Metro Mayors Issue Statement on MBTA service cuts

Metro Mayors Issue Statement on MBTA service cuts Photo by Paul Morris, Flickr For Immediate Release: Friday, July 8th 2022 The Metropolitan Mayors Coalition has advocated for a fully funded, safe, reliable, frequent, and accessible transportation system since the Coalition was founded in 2001. The MBTA is a lifeline for our residents, providing access to […]

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Heatwaves: How Extreme Heat Impacts Students and Educators

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER As schools across the region wrap up their academic year and get excited for summer, others are planning for future heatwaves and how to protect students, teachers, and staff from extreme heat. Last summer, when Massachusetts experienced two early heatwaves (defined as 3-days or more over 90 degrees) in June, schools […]

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MBTA Communities Multifamily Zoning: MAPC’s Recommendations

In January 2021, the Massachusetts Legislature adopted an Economic Development Bond Bill (H.5250) that made long-overdue changes to the state’s Zoning Act. The “Housing Choices” sections of the bill made it easier for municipalities to adopt pro-housing zoning changes, discourage meritless anti-housing lawsuits, and require each municipality in the MBTA district to zone for multifamily […]

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Funding Opportunity: MAPC’s Technical Assistance Program

Interested in working with MAPC on a project? We are currently soliciting ideas for projects that will commence in the winter and spring of 2022. This week, MAPC released a Call for Project Concepts that could be undertaken with assistance from our Technical Assistance Program. Municipalities can submit concepts for a diverse range of single- […]

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Juneteenth 2021

Today, Friday, June 18, MAPC will be closed in observance of Juneteenth, which for the first time this year has been designated as an official state and national holiday. Commemorated each year on June 19, Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 that the last enslaved Black Americans learned of their freedom, two years after President […]

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Statement of Support for the AAPI Community

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*NEW* Guidance on By-Right Multifamily Zoning in MBTA Communities

Guidance for MBTA Communities on By-Right Multifamily Zoning The recently-passed Economic Development Bond Bill included a number of provisions relating to Housing Choices. One topic that has been the subject of a number of questions relates to a change to Chapter 40A, which requires that all “MBTA communities” have a zoning district that allows by-right […]

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