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June Data Viz: Unemployment Under the Federal CARES Act

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. June’s visualization examines how the Federal CARES Act’s $600-per-week increase in unemployment benefits impacts unemployed Massachusetts workers. While it temporarily raises the potential benefits for all, […]

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Reflection: Art in the Time of COVID-19

REFLECTION FROM MAPC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE HORTENSE GERARDO Art in the Time of COVID-19 The COVID-19 quarantine has transformed my remaining time as MAPC’s Artist in Residence (AiR) and my work as a professional playwright and professor: social distancing measures meant my spring and summer performances couldn’t go on as scheduled. My initial response was […]

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Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19

Resources for an Arts & Culture Sector Upended by COVID-19 By any measure, the COVID-19 pandemic and fallout has had a devastating impact on the arts and cultural community. Museums, galleries, and concert halls are shuttered. Dance and pottery studios alike are closed. Public art and creative placemaking projects are on pause. Even arts education […]

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MAPC Presents to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force

The Road to Reopening & Recovery For the past two months, MAPC has been actively engaged with state and local leaders to curb the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19. With our colleagues at the Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), we repurposed Homeland Security funds to buy ventilators for some of our smaller hospitals. […]

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Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap Each week brings troubling news about the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and MAPC has been working to stay on top of new information as it emerges. We published our first research brief about the housing security implications of widespread layoffs on April 2 and issued an updated […]

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Building a New Future Together

How municipal governments can help their small businesses to reopen, recover, and thrive.

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May Data Viz: Responding to COVID-19

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. The May visualization highlights the work municipalities across Massachusetts have done to increase testing sites, available shelters, and isolation centers for the folks most impacted by […]

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Research Brief: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Report: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap   The “first wave” of COVID-related unemployment in Massachusetts is represented in the nearly 329,000 initial unemployment claims filed between March 16 and March 28. The largest share of claims was from workers in Food Preparation, followed by Office and Administrative, Sales, Construction, and Transportation occupations. This first wave […]

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