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Potential Impacts of Ride-Hailing on the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT)

Potential Impacts of Ride-Hailing on the Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) August 2019 The Brockton Area Transit Authority (BAT) commissioned this study to evaluate whether BAT’s declining ridership in recent years is due to the growth in ride-hailing services or to other factors. Brockton’s recent decline in transit ridership reflects statewide and national trends that […]

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Expanding the Use of Value Capture for Transportation and TOD in Massachusetts

January 2017 Public investments in transit, highways, roads and other infrastructure generate value for nearby property owners. The term “value capture” refers to any strategy whereby a public agency “captures” a portion of the increased property values to help pay forthe infrastructure itself. Around the country, commonly used value capture tools include special assessments and […]

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Hot, Cool, Clean: Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities

Hot, Cool, Clean Clean Heating and Cooling Opportunities for Massachusetts Municipalities August 2019 Across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, municipalities are starting to embrace clean heating and cooling systems as important tools for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. With recent technological advancements and evolving markets and financing mechanisms, air-source heat pumps, ground-source/geothermal heat pumps, and solar thermal […]

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Climate Perspectives

July 2019 Climate Perspectives Summary of Findings from Focus Groups with Workers in Construction, Farming, Home Health Care, and Fishing Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. The Climate […]

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Metro Boston Perfect Fit Parking Initiative Phase II Report

JULY 2019 Metro Boston Perfect Fit Parking Initiative Phase II Report Parking, and especially the amount of parking that should be required with new housing, is a hotly-debated issue in Metro Boston. Some neighbors worry about competition for on-street spaces. Others want to discourage people with more cars from moving into the neighborhood. Developers are […]

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The Growing Carbon Footprint of Ride-Hailing in Massachusetts

The Growing Carbon Footprint of Ride-Hailing in Massachusetts July 2019 Click Here to Download a PDF of this Report Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have seen rapid and widespread growth across Massachusetts. These services provided 81 million trips in the state in 20181, a 25 percent increase over the prior year. The explosive […]

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Medford Parks and Open Space for Climate Resilience

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning MAY 2019 Medford Parks and Open Space for Climate Resilience The project was conducted by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) with funding from the City of Medford and Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Action Grant as part of its 2019 Open […]

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Watertown Public Arts Master Plan

“Linear Path” mural by Gregg Bernstein with Watertown High School student artists. Photo by Janet Jameson. Credit: Watertown Public Arts and Culture Committee – WPACC Public Arts and Culture Kit Watertown Public Arts Master Plan CHANGE FONT SIZE MAPC >> Resources >> Report MAPC Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration 2019 Watertown Public Arts Master Plan […]

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Health Lens Analysis of Urban Agriculture Policy in Cambridge

MAPC Promoting Smart Growth & Regional Planning FEBRUARY 2019 Health Lens Analysis of Urban Agriculture Policy Cambridge, MA Urban agriculture has increasingly been recognized for its potential to improve public health in variety of ways –in addition to increasing cultivation of healthy foods, it can strengthen the social fabric of a community,encourage physical activity and […]

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Malden River Creative Placemaking

Malden River Creative Placemaking CHANGE FONT SIZE MAPC >> Resources >> Report MAPC Smart Growth & Regional Collaboration 2019 Malden River Creative Placemaking 2019 Malden River Creative Placemaking In 2019, the City of Malden requested Technical Assistance from the MAPC Arts and Culture Department to conduct a creative placemaking project to share knowledge about the […]

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