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Incorporating Art Into Your Planning Process

Whether a colorful mural brightening an otherwise-bare wall, a trail adorned with temporary or permanent public art, or a wastewater treatment plant enhanced by interpretive arts elements, cultural resources and art improve the sense of place and community everywhere from workplaces to small towns to major cities. Arts and culture add vibrancy and connectivity to […]

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Perfect Fit Parking: How Much is Residential Parking Actually Being Used?

In communities across Metro Boston, parking is a point of contention for initiatives ranging from zoning to housing projects: everyone needs more of it. However, there’s little hard data about how many off-street spaces are available in the region and what the actual demand for residential parking is. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s new initiative, […]

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Is Metro Boston Building Too Much Parking?

Boston – Parking is a hotly-debated across Metro Boston, with little hard data about how many off-street spaces already exist in the region, and how many we need to build in order to meet future demand – until now.

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Planning 101 Blog: Newton’s Community Solar Share Initiative

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income tax brackets, and can’t afford the upfront costs of buying and installing cost-saving solar panels.

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Newton's Community Solar Share Initiative: Sometimes, the Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income brackets. In Boston, for example, median-income households spend 2.8 percent of their total income on electricity on average, whereas low-income households spend 6.7 percent of income on electricity. At the same time, disadvantaged households often do not have […]

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MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition Receives Shannon Grant to Combat Youth and Gang Violence

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition has received the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Grant to prevent youth and gang violence for the 11th consecutive year. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a ceremony at the grand staircase of the Massachusetts State House, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Safety and Security Dan Bennett announced that $5.7 million […]

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Life Moves Pretty Fast, But Lowering Speed Limits Can Save Lives

“Life moves pretty fast,” goes the quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” What Ferris doesn’t say, though, is that if you slow down, you can also save lives. On Jan. 9, 2017, the City of Boston’s new default speed limit will be 25 […]

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Who Benefits (and Who Can Be Harmed) as Neighborhoods Change?

Gentrification changes neighborhoods. It raises property values and brings new investments in parks and public spaces, streetscapes, and services. These are changes that can improve economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, changes like these can also push individuals and families in these same neighborhoods from their homes. One particular way this threat can come is by […]

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Help Envision the Future of Middleton with the Masterplan 300 Survey

Do you live or work in Middleton? Are you interested in helping to envision what the community’s future should look like? Middleton residents are also encouraged to take a visioning survey.

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How Municipalities Are Saving Money and Energy through MAPC’s Peak Demand Notification Program

For most of us, paying for electricity means paying for what we use. Municipalities do that, too, but they also have to pay something called a capacity charge for their large accounts. This is a charge assessed by ISO-New England, the grid operator, to ensure account holders pay in proportion to their usage and that […]

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