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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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MAPC Statement: City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2

“MAPC applauds Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston for moving the city back to Phase 2.2 of the reopening plan. The rise in COVID cases, deaths, and hospitalizations demands swift action to reduce community spread, and Mayor Walsh is taking such action today. The decision to close business establishments, even temporarily, is […]

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MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

“President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by a racist tweet, represent a new low point in his ongoing attempt to divide rather than to unite our badly fractured country. He is wrong on so many levels, it is hard to know where to […]

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Massachusetts Municipal Leaders Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

Mayors and managers from 18 Massachusetts cities and towns today pledged to address systemic racism in their communities and violence in law enforcement. 

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COVID-19 Layoff Housing Assistance – NOW by Municipality

Date: June 15, 2020 Unemployment is at a historic high in Massachusetts. For the moment, a $600 supplement added to unemployment payments is softening some of the financial blow for those receiving benefits. But the supplement – and the relief it provided – is due to expire, with the relevant portions of the federal CARES Act that funded […]

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Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19

Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19 By any measure, the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout has had a devastating impact on the arts and cultural community. Museums, galleries, and concert halls are shuttered. Dance and pottery studios alike are closed. Public art and creative placemaking projects are on pause. Even arts education […]

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MAPC COVID-19 Response

In the interest of keeping our partners throughout the state and region informed, MAPC will document its response to COVID-19 here. A Message from MAPC Executive Director Marc Draisen: Addressing the COVID-19 Emergency in Metro Boston As the COVID-19 pandemic changes many aspects of our lives, one thing won’t be changing: MAPC is committed to […]

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Climate Equity Focus at MAPC’s Clean Energy Forum

On Wednesday, Dec. 11, as part of the MetroCommon 2050 Speaker Series, MAPC hosted its biennial Clean Energy Forum at District Hall. The day’s theme was climate equity and MAPC staff presented on their work advancing climate equity through research and net zero planning. The morning had a fully packed agenda, with three keynote speakers […]

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Five MAPC Priorities in Final House Budget

Massachusetts House of Representatives Finalizes FY2019 State Budget Proposal Last week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives concluded it FY2019 budget debate by passing its $41 billion budget proposal. After four days of debate, the House added $81.4 million to its budget through amendments. During the debate, the legislature took up five of MAPC’s key priorities: […]

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