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Planner jargon de-coded: What is a Megapolitan?

The concept of  megapolitans in the U.S. is the subject of a new book and has cropped up recently in articles about the future of planning. What do they mean by “megapolitan”? Megapolitans in the U.S. are clustered networks of American cities where the population is projected to be between 7 and 63 million by 2025. (See […]

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MetroFuture Walks & Talks: Tour of Drumlin Farm

On April 26th  Friday,August 3, 2012, the MetroFuture Walks & Talks program will visit Drumlin Farm, an active local farm in Lincoln, Massachusetts.  We will get a chance to explore the farm and field area and hear from a teacher naturalist about the challenges involved in growing and raising food locally and on a large […]

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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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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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