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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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“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

Yesterday, the Patrick Administration unveiled a menu of options for plugging the gap in the state’s transportation budget, based on the findings of a report prepared by MassDOT,  titled “The Way Forward: A 21st Century Transportation Plan.” The MassDOT report calls for $1.02 billion in new revenue per year in order to fund our transportation […]

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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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Finding the right words: Community engagement in Quincy

Last Thursday evening, MAPC and the City of Quincy hosted a meeting with residents, property owners, and business owners in the Wollaston neighborhood of Quincy to talk about a vision for Wollaston Center. To engage participants, MAPC asked the question “In one word or short phrase, what do you like best about the Wollaston area?” We used […]

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Hubway in Boston – A big success!

Originally posted by Lisa Jacobsen on YPT Voice, the Young Professionals in Transportation blog.  Hubway, Boston’s almost one-year old bikeshare program, is all the buzz in Boston. Only 10 weeks after its launch last summer, it only took 10 weeks to hit 100,000 rides – and as of now – a quarter million rides. With 40 more […]

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Play it to PlanIt: Online gaming meets community planning in NoQuWo

North Quincy & Wollaston (NoQuWo) area residents can sign up now to play NoQuWo: Neighborhoods on the move, the online game that will help plan the future of their community. This game is part of the” next generation” of online gaming technology as a planning/visioning community engagement tool and launches this Saturday, May 5 with a launch […]

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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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Planning for Transit-Oriented Development with 3D Visualizations

Originally posted on the PlaceMatters Blog. It is the second in their month-long series on the impressive diversity of participatory decision-making tools that communities can use for land use plans, transportation plans, sustainability plans, or any other type of community plan. Recent expansions of public transportation systems across the country mean many communities are planning […]

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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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