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CORI Reform: Helping ex-offenders get jobs is good for the region

Everyone deserves to have a job. But when access to employment is limited for large groups of people in a community with high rates of criminal convictions, it doesn’t only affect those individuals. The impact ends up extending to the economic viability for the entire region as well. Fortunately, Massachusetts has recently made an important […]

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Get Pumped About Water: the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill

MAPC staff members periodically take a portion of a day to participate in a company-wide team-building exercise, with the purpose of learning something new about our region. The most recent outing took place last month at the Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill. This one year old museum is housed in the original, visually striking Chestnut […]

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Planning for good health: MAPC’s health impact assessment of proposed changes to the T

Yesterday, MAPC released the results of our health impacts assessment of proposed MBTA fare increases and service cuts in the Healthy T for a Healthy Region (PDF) report at a State House press conference. Just last week, Atlantic Cities wrote about the importance of considering the public health impacts of planning projects: “By the time policymakers rouse support, […]

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Fix the T Calculator: Tell us how YOU would fill the MBTA’s budget gap

How should the MBTA fill next year’s $161 million budget gap? You tell us! MAPC just launched our online MBTA Budget Calculator. This tool allows you to mix and match different elements from the MBTA’s own proposals to fill the budget gap, along with additional revenue and savings options proposed by the MBTA Advisory Board […]

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From the ground up: Finding innovative ways to promote energy efficiency

The original version of this blog post appeared on the ACEEE blog. Local municipalities and community organizations are adopting policies, strategies, and partnerships that promote energy efficiency, save money, and reduce pollution–despite a lack of comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation at the federal level. This increased level of activity in promoting energy efficiency at […]

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MAPC Open House Recap

Thank you to everyone who showed up on Tuesday night for MAPC’s 3rd annual Open House! Visitors toured three floors of offices in MAPC’s  Downtown Crossing building and met many members of the MAPC staff. Along the way, they earn raffle tickets by participated in games and activities. Raffle prizes this year included “Baskets O’ Localness,” which were packed […]

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MBTA's fiscal crisis hinders economic growth and harms the evironment

Originally posted on BostInno The MBTA is facing a fiscal crisis today, but the resolution to that crisis will have repercussions for many years. Drastic service cuts and fare increases will not only burden today’s commuters and travelers; they will also impede economic growth and damage the region’s environment for decades to come. The challenges […]

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Winter Biking: Not as scary as it sounds!

You know all those reasons you love biking? Getting places faster, saving money, getting some exercise, actually enjoying your commute? They don’t go away just because it’s cold! I started as a recreational cyclist, but as I started doing more and more of my day-to-day transportation by bike, gradually my standards for how bad the […]

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