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Boston Greenbelt Walk

Over 40 participants joined MAPC and the Free Walkers, a long-distance walking group, for a walk along part of the Boston Greenbelt Trail. The Trail is a proposed 90-mile walking trail circling Boston that would connect Salem, Quincy, and numerous parks and open spaces along the way. The Greenbelt Walk spanned more than 30 miles […]

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Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics

Quick links: Executive Summary, Full Report Boston’s Olympic bid has the potential to shape the region for years to come. Our new report, issued jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, urges Olympic planners to put legacy first. While the Olympic Games will only last a few weeks, the bid offers […]

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Metro Mayors Commit to Climate Change Preparedness

On May 13, 2015, MAPC hosted an unprecedented Climate Preparedness Summit at UMass Boston in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh. The historic event convened the mayors and managers of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition* to sign the Metro Boston Climate Preparedness Commitment. By signing the Commitment, these leaders pledge to work […]

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Staying (stair)well

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy. Losing. Was. Not. An. Option. The crazed competition was hosted by MAPC’s Public Health Division to celebrate National Public Health Week to promote positive […]

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"The Spirit of Massachusetts"

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an official state berry (cranberry), folk hero (Johnny Appleseed), and yes, doughnut (Boston cream). As representative as these are, MAPC’s Government […]

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Nine Years of Community Safety

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on the Hill. Together, they urged legislators to provide full funding for the Senator Charles E. Shannon, Jr. Community Safety Initiative […]

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Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter. Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), addressed the Council, outlining the MPO’s process of updating the Long Range Transportation Plan […]

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Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) as a model report. If you haven’t heard, the HNEF is a proposed $30 million private […]

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MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and Salem, in drafting their complete street policies. The town of Stoughton, the fifth winner from the region, drafted it’s own […]

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MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building the new homes and commercial spaces that signify a growing economy. Individual developments may be small or large, but their […]

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