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How Did We Do as a Region? Call for Feedback on MetroFuture Wins and Losses

As MAPC ramps up for our regional plan update process, we’re taking a hard last look at MetroFuture – and we need your input. MetroFuture was Greater Boston’s long term regional plan, adopted in 2008. It included a vision for the future, 65 specific goals, and thirteen implementation strategies on topics that ranged from housing to […]

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Shipping Container to Interactive Exhibit: Housing> at HUBweek

Eastern Massachusetts faces a housing shortage that threatens our families and communities, our economic prospects, and our quality of life. Communities are working to create vibrant, walkable neighborhoods where people want to – and can afford to – live and work. But that takes homes to live in! MAPC explores these issues and more in […]

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As Summer Heats Up, Keep Cool with MAPC’s Interactive Online Map

It’s mid-July and the Boston Metro Region has already experienced several days over 90 degrees, including a heat wave at the start of July when there were five 90+ degree days. Visit Keep Cool at keepcool.mapc.org Climate science shows that these types of hot days will increase in intensity and number over the next few […]

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Calling All MAPC Fans – Help Us Name Our Next Regional Plan!

In October 2018, MAPC will launch a two-year planning process to update Greater Boston’s regional plan. To create the new plan, we will engage thousands of people who live, work, learn, and play in the Metro Boston area and develop action steps and goals to achieve a more equitable and sustainable region. There’s just one […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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