Top

Updates on the Regional Plan at the Annual Council Meeting

    Members of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council gathered with staff and stakeholders the morning of Wednesday, May 30, for MAPC’s Annual Council Meeting. They munched on muffins, heard about the Council’s finances, held elections, and learned about the year’s major accomplishments before launching into an in-depth discussion about MAPC’s upcoming regional plan update. […]

Continue reading...

South Shore Coalition Convenes Legislative Breakfast

    Every year, the South Shore Coalition hosts a breakfast where local officials and municipal leaders are invited to have an engaged conversation with their state legislators. This year was no different. The SSC gathered for the annual event on the morning of Friday, April 27, at the Hearth N Kettle in Weymouth. Senator […]

Continue reading...

MAGIC Legislative Breakfast Connects Legislators, Local Officials

    Over 50 local officials, municipal staff, and other members of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) gathered at the Maynard Golf Course on Tuesday, April 10 to hear from and ask questions of their state and Congressional representatives over a continental breakfast. Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, State Senator Jamie Eldridge, and State […]

Continue reading...

MAPC Hosts New Mayors at Winter Council Meeting

  Four newly-minted mayors joined Metropolitan Area Planning Council staff, council members, and allies on the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 28 for MAPC’s winter council meeting. Over 100 guests turned out to hear about the challenges of being a recently-inaugurated mayor, munch on breakfast, and hear about MAPC’s latest work. Boston City Council President (and […]

Continue reading...

Building Capacity for Creative Placemaking

Written by Patricia Walsh at AFTA with additional comments provided by Jennifer Henaghan at APA and Jennifer Erickson at MAPC Creative placemaking has been an ongoing discussion in cities and towns across the country for several years, but where do planners sit in this dialogue? What role does a planner have in the development of […]

Continue reading...

Creative Placemaking Forum: Forging Community Development and Creative Communities

Hosted by the Mel King Institute, MAPC co-sponsored an innovative forum with MACDC and MASSCreative to highlight the stepping stones and barriers in advancing creative placemaking. This summer, the Mel King Institute, MassCreative, and MACDC requested technical assistance from MAPC’s Arts and Culture division to implement three Creative Placemaking Immersion workshops that would allow CDCs […]

Continue reading...

Net Zero Planning: Know your Resources!

Webinar on Upcoming Net Zero Resources On Tuesday, September 12, MAPC’s Clean Energy Department’s Environmental Fellow, Mayra Cruz delivered a fantastic webinar on Net Planning resources that can be beneficial to many cities and towns. We had the fortunate opportunity to have Mayra with us, who put considerable time into researching and building Net Zero […]

Continue reading...

New MAPC.org Launch

Welcome to the new MAPC website! We are delighted to launch this brighter, more appealing, and more usable digital home. We have put a great deal of thought into allowing easier access to our work. As we finish populating the site over the next several weeks, we want to know what you think! Please let […]

Continue reading...

9th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

  Earlier this month, the Metro Mayors Coalition, facilitated by MAPC, organized the 9th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament held at Somerville High School. On Saturday, August 5th, the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative brought together teams from Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy and Revere to participate in a friendly basketball tournament. This […]

Continue reading...

Best Practices for Streamlining Solar Permitting and Inspection Processes

Earlier this year, MAPC was selected to participate in SolSmart, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. SolSmart is a national program that recognizes communities that have taken steps to reduce solar soft costs and increase the efficiency of solar permitting and inspection processes. The program has enabled MAPC to work alongside […]

Continue reading...