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Sim City 5: A classic grows up

Like many Gen Y-ers, my youth before the arrival of the 56K modem was spent on watching endless hours of Road Rules, catering to every physiological need of a tamagotchi that lived within the confines of a 1×1″ pixelated screen, and of course, fulfilling my mayoral duties in SimCity 2000. Little did I know that […]

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DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

Originally posted on the T4MA blog By Marie Szaniszlo House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo this morning said he wants the Legislature to decide how much to earmark for transportation, including funding for the MBTA and regional transit authorities, before it tackles the state budget. “It is my desire that we debate the transportation issue before […]

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What does speed have to do with vibrant communities?

On January 18, MAPC hosted a packed house for Slow Down! Speed Reduction Strategies for Vibrant Communities. The room was filled with bicycle and pedestrian advocates, local planners and public works staff, public health professionals, transportation engineers, elected officials, and local law enforcement. You can view all of the powerpoint presentations from the event below Better […]

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Discover the world of planning at the MAPC Open House

Have you registered for the MAPC Open House yet? Whether you’re completely new to MAPC, or you’ve gotten to know us through a specific project in your region or area of interest, there is always more to learn about the work that we’ve been doing, through this event! In the past year, we created a […]

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New maps show travel times on the T

Maps are perfect for telling you how far away places are, but what about how long it takes to get there? Whether you’re on a bus, in a car, or taking the T, knowing the time you’ll spend getting from A to B is probably more important than knowing the number of miles between them. […]

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Smart growth shopping: Choosing a city stroller

Yesterday, I (meaning my husband, 8 month-old son, and me) went stroller shopping. Somehow our physical space constraints and our commuting patterns seem to figure into just about everything we purchase – will it fit and can you walk with it? In the case of a stroller we needed to consider: 1) how easily it collapses, and […]

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"Fiscal cliff" deal yields a win for public transit

One important federal transportation issue that MAPC has been working on in the past year is/was the disparity between commuter tax benefits for those who drive and those who take public transportation. Beginning on January 1, 2012, commuters who drive (and park) could claim up to $240 per month in tax deductions, while commuters who […]

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Hubway Data Viz Challenge recap

We loved seeing all of the creative submissions that came in for our Hubway Data Visualization Challenge, and the entire process of the contest–including our Hack Day at Boucoup Loft; the awards announcement event;working with videographer Stephen Walter, who produced this great documentary for us; and making connections with data enthusiasts from Boston, as well […]

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Hubway Data Challenge Winners

Data heads, animators, graphics geeks, designers, mappers, students and professional visualization artists converged on The Bocoup Loft in Boston’s Fort Point Channel Tuesday night to find out the answer to one question: who had won the Hubway Data Challenge? The contest, which kicked off in October after Hubway and MAPC released complete history data on half a million bike […]

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My Way or the Hubway

Originally posted on Jackie’s Daily Drifting My name is Jackie and I had a Hubway membership. There, I said it. The best part? It was awesome. I think that like many people, I viewed Hubway bikes as useful–albeit silly-looking, clunky, and used strictly by tourists. However, I can now assure you that this is not true. My first […]

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