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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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8th Annual Shannon Grant Basketball Tournament

On August 6th, the communities involved in the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Community Safety Initiative came together for the 8th Annual Metro Mayors Basketball Tournament, organized by MAPC. The tournament was held at Trum Field in Somerville and hosted teams from Malden, Cambridge, Quincy, Revere, Chelsea, Somerville, Everett, and Winthrop. Despite some mid-afternoon rain, youth […]

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The Battle Road Scenic Byway: Road to Revolutions

Battle Road Scenic Byway Corridor Management Plan (16MB) Project Overview One Road, Many Revolutions! The American Revolution started here. World-renowned classic literature was written here. The environmental movement was seeded here. Innovations in aerospace and electronics technology were developed here. The Battle Road follows the approximate path of the British regulars during the battles that marked […]

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Salem Point Neighborhood Vision and Action Plan

Background The Point neighborhood in the City of Salem includes nearly 144 acres and 4,100 people, and is located just south of the downtown and wharf areas. The Point is distinguished from surrounding neighborhoods by its geography, density, high proportion of multi-family housing and masonry apartment blocks, and a high concentration of recent immigrants. Neighborhood resources […]

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New App Helps Inner Core Residents Keep Cool!

Keep Cool this summer! Keepcool.mapc.org In partnership with the Metro Mayor’s Coalition, MAPC’s Digital Services has launched a digital initiative on climate change and heat safety called “Keep Cool.” Residents across the 14 Metro Mayors communities can use an online map (mobile friendly) to find cool public places like swimming pools, spray decks, wading pools, […]

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Municipal Light Departments in Massachusetts: What are they and why should you care?

Quick Link: Municipal Light Plants in Massachusetts: Spotlight on Clean Energy Initiatives For most communities in Massachusetts, electricity is provided by an Investor Owned Utility (IOU) such as National Grid, or Eversource. For some, though, electric power is a governmental service, like sewer or water, provided by a Municipal Light Department or “muni.” There are […]

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Rapid Health Impact Assessments

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has explored multiple topics through HIA, including public transit, speed limits, housing and mixed-use developments, land use zoning, school building, and funding for […]

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MAPC Partners with Tufts University on Food Access Mapping

Staff from MAPC’s Public Health and Data Services departments partnered with students from Tufts University this spring to analyze access to healthy food across Massachusetts. Food access is a fundamental element to healthy neighborhoods. Where communities face barriers to getting their grocery needs met, people are less healthy, and obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related illnesses […]

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