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Emergency Preparedness & Business Recovery in Cambridge

MAPC and the City of Cambridge Community Development Department (CDD) partnered in February 2015 to develop post-emergency business continuity and emergency preparedness strategies for small businesses in Cambridge. To help businesses plan for emergency circumstances, MAPC and the Cambridge CDD held a series of five planning workshops for small business owners. The workshops introduced the […]

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MAPC Annual Report Released

The MAPC Annual Report is live! In 2016, MAPC continued to transform the planning field with exciting new practices—integrating arts and culture into land use projects, weaving web-based tools into local decision-making, expanding our public safety work to help address the opioid crisis, baking public health into municipal planning, and exploring the impact of automated vehicles […]

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Modern water systems: Not just a pipe dream for MA

Today is World Water Day, a day to appreciate the importance of freshwater, and focus our attention on sustainable ways for preserving this precious resource. In MAPC’s little corner of the wider world of water, we are involved in many projects that support these goals, and are currently gearing up to take a lead role […]

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Planning Malden Square

Community engagement is best learned in practice, not in a classroom. Thanks to the City of Malden and the MAPC, a class of first year planning students at Harvard Graduate School of Design has been given the opportunity to do just that with “Plan Malden Square”. Plan Malden Square is a semester-long project that involves […]

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Farm share: MAPC talks agriculture preservation with local growers

We held our first agricultural forum in Sudbury last night and we absolutely filled the venue!  Nearly 100 people attended the forum and the word from attendees was that it was a great success. Staff from MAPC guided the discussion on successes and challenges to agricultural practice as well as determining ways that the agency […]

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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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The Weave data visualization platform: how to get a free training and a free account

Originally published on the blog of Deborah Elizabeth Finn Heads up, mission-based organizations in Massachusetts!   Powerful data visualization tools(and the skills to use them) are within your reach. For free. Thanks to the MetroBoston DataCommon, all you need to get started is to sign up for one of their trainings.  The DataCommon is a joint project of the Metropolitan Area Planning Counciland the Boston […]

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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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Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is because it’s getting warmer.

The past two Halloweens have brought quite a trick to New England. Last year at this time, a Nor’Easter came around and left a path of damage from snow, flooding and power outages. This October, “Superstorm Sandy” left a similar trail of damage, with a huge economic cost as millions of people across the Eastern […]

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Hubway Data Viz Hack Day

Last Saturday we hosted a our first-ever Hubway Data Visualization Hack Day at the The Bocoup Loft in the Innovation District of Boston. A “Hack Day is a workshop-like setting where people come together and work (i.e. hack) on a problem-set. At our hack day, 5 teams worked all day on data explorations and visualizations of half […]

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