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MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable & safe

October 20, 2020

MAPC calls on MBTA to keep transit service reliable and safe The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the MBTA’s plan to address their FY22 operating budget deficit. “The Metropolitan Area Planning Council is deeply concerned about the prospect of reducing transit service in the midst of a […]

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MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension

October 12, 2020

For Immediate Release: Monday, October 12 Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in […]

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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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  • MAPC applauds extra rental assistance, pushes for eviction moratorium extension October 13, 2020
    Today, Governor Baker announced a serious response to the looming eviction crisis, including much-needed funds for rental assistance to at-risk tenants, assistance for landlords, funding toward legal assistance in court, and expansion of mediation services to keep housing cases out of the courtroom in the first place. As the regional planning agency for Greater Boston, […]
  • The Crisis Continues: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap October Update October 5, 2020
    We estimate that 45,000 renter households and 35,000 owner households with a worker on standard unemployment assistance will have trouble covering their housing costs and basic needs this month. The rent gap for these households could exceed $40 million in October alone. We also know that tens of thousands of other households are also in […]
  • October Data Viz: Changing Forms of Municipal Government October 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. October’s visualization examines data from the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 releases of the Massachusetts Municipal Association's Municipal Directory. In just two years, Massachusetts municipalities have made over […]
  • Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan Program September 28, 2020
    Six Communities Chosen for Racial Equity Municipal Action Plan (REMAP) Program Six Greater Boston communities will receive technical assistance to create and begin to implement racial equity action plans over the next year. The towns of Bedford, Natick, and Stoughton and cities of Framingham, Lynn, and Revere will participate in the Racial Equity Municipal Action […]
  • 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 […]