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MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations

July 29, 2020

MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations Wednesday, July 29, 2020 Marc Draisen, Executive Director of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today released the the following statement: “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by […]

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Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call For Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture

July 29, 2020

Greater Boston Municipal Leaders Call for Regional Ballot Initiatives, Value Capture For immediate release: Wednesday, July 29 Three broad coalitions of municipal officials from throughout Greater Boston called on legislators to allow municipal revenue-raising tools that are heavily used in other states. The leaders of the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, North […]

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Massachusetts Municipal Leaders Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism

July 21, 2020

Mayors and managers from 18 Massachusetts cities and towns today pledged to address systemic racism in their communities and violence in law enforcement.

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MAPC releases town-by-town data on housing assistance needed due to COVID-19 financial crisis

June 23, 2020

With unemployment at an all-time high, nearly every city and town will see a significant need for housing aid once CARES Act, eviction moratorium expire For immediate release: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 BOSTON – A regional planning agency in Boston has released municipal-level estimates of the housing assistance that may […]

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Racial Segregation Concentrates Residents of Color Near High-Polluting Roads, Study Shows

June 22, 2020

45% of Greater Boston’s Black residents, 47% of Asian residents, and 54% of Latino residents live in highest-polluting areas, compared to only 29% of White residents Exposure linked to increased COVID-19 and other health risks For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2020     BOSTON – Greater Boston residents of color are […]

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  • MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan August 10, 2020
    Photo Credit: Jon Taylor MAPC Publishes Unemployment Rapid Response Plan   Last week, MAPC published "A Community and Regional Rapid Response Plan: Significant Labor Force Disruptions' and Unemployment," which includes an analysis of critical needs for those unemployed due to COVID-19 and a detailed action framework for municipalities and the region to address the crisis. […]
  • Call for Participants: “Living Together” Documentary August 7, 2020
    Download Call for Participants MAPC and filmmaker Mariona Lloreta are seeking participants for a short film that will feature residents of Greater Boston. The "Living Together" documentary will highlight the experiences of those living in the region and connect those experiences to MetroCommon 2050, Greater Boston's next regional plan. Participants will receive a one-time stipend […]
  • Local Officials: Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism August 4, 2020
    Pledge to Take Action on Systemic Racism Our nation's long-simmering tensions over systemic racism and police violence have resulted in important protests and conversations this summer, making one thing clear: now is a time for action. All of our residents deserve to feel safe in their homes and on our streets, and we can take […]
  • August Data Viz: Paycheck Protection Program August 3, 2020
    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. August's visualization examines how Paycheck Protection Program loans are spread across Massachusetts. Almost every municipality has a business that received a loan, but the percentage of […]
  • MAPC Executive Director Issues Statement on Repeal of AFFH Regulations July 30, 2020
    “President Trump’s repeal of regulations that encourage local government to affirmatively further the goal of fair housing, accompanied by a racist tweet, represent a new low point in his ongoing attempt to divide rather than to unite our badly fractured country. He is wrong on so many levels, it is hard to know where to […]