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MAPC receives grant to advance battery electric school bus purchasing

September 21, 2020

MAPC today announced it has received state funding to develop a regional procurement model that would support expansion of electric battery school bus service across Massachusetts. MAPC shares the grant with primary grant recipient Highland Electric Transportation, which currently provides the Beverly Public School District with one electric bus.

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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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Arlington, Ashland, Beverly, Cambridge, Chelsea, Framingham, Holyoke, Medford, Melrose, Middleton, Nantucket, Newburyport, Newton, Revere, Salem, Somerville, Swampscott and Winthrop highlighted on map

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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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • Whose Public? Questions of Spatial Justice in a Time of Public Breaking September 11, 2020
    Whose Public? Questions of Spatial Justice in a Time of Public Breaking By Guest Author Lori Lobenstine  About the Author: Lori Lobenstine co-leads the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), a Boston-based creativity lab dedicated to changing how social justice is imagined, developed and deployed in the United States.  As we ease COVID-19 closures, many […]
  • “Small Steps: Dances of Resilience” Premieres Sept. 9-11 September 9, 2020
    Small Steps: Dances of Resilience Documentary from MAPC Artist-in-Residence Hortense Gerardo premieres September 9, 10, & 11 In the beginning, Small Steps on Climate Change was a dance and embodied movement performance intended to inspire Metro Boston to view climate change as an opportunity to create stronger, collaborative, healthier, and more vibrant communities. In the […]
  • Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and the Creative Sensibility September 2, 2020
    Artists Step Up: Crisis Management and Creative Sensibility Header Photo Credit: Jason Cruz Where a Covid response is innovative and cohesive, you’ll likely find artists and cultural organizations in the mix – if not in the lead. How are Lynn, Salem, and Worcester’s creators inventing new ways to help their communities through the crisis? LYNN […]
  • September Data Viz: Completing the 2020 Census September 1, 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. September’s visualization revisits the 2020 Census and examines response rates across the region. With just one month left before counting efforts close, some communities are still […]
  • Everyday Unrealities: A Call for Creative Planning August 28, 2020
     Artists: Cedric Douglas and Julz Roth  Photographer: Rob Larsen Everyday Unrealities: A Call for Creative Planning A reflection by Arts and Culture Fellow Emma Boast It’s been nearly half a year since COVID-19 erupted into and upended our lives. As the crisis deepened, we lost friends, family, colleagues, and members of our communities. We lost […]