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Study: Online Shopping Causing Major Uptick in Pollution, Traffic, Industrial Rents in Greater Boston

February 25, 2021

Amanda Linehan Communications Director Metropolitan Area Planning Council alinehan@mapc.org Boston – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released a new study on e-commerce in Massachusetts, finding that this rapidly growing industry is already having major impacts on the job market and transportation network of Greater Boston, including a big […]

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MAPC Statement on the Transportation Bond Bill

January 15, 2021

MAPC Statement on Transportation Bond Bill We were deeply disappointed this evening when Governor Baker vetoed critical policy provisions in H.5248, An Act authorizing and accelerating transportation investment. Coming only a day after the Governor vetoed the climate bill and significant portions of the economic development bond bill, we feel […]

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MAPC Statement on Economic Development Bond Bill

January 15, 2021

MAPC Statement on the Economic Development Bond Bill For immediate release: Friday, January 15, 2021 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is glad to see that Governor Charlie Baker signed the $626 million Economic Development Bond Bill. In particular, we applaud the Governor and Legislature’s work on advancing Housing Choices, […]

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MAPC’s Statement on Govenor’s Veto of S.2995

January 14, 2021

MAPC STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR’S VETO OF S. 2995 “Last month, the Baker Administration set ambitious goals for a net zero future by releasing the 2030 Clean Energy and Climate Plan outlining actions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change over the next decade. Massachusetts was on the cusp of […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Climate Policy Roadmap

January 5, 2021

MAPC Issues Statement on Climate Policy Roadmap For immediate release: Monday, January 4 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today released the following statement regarding the passage of the Climate Policy Roadmap legislation in the Massachusetts House and Senate. “MAPC applauds the House and Senate for taking up Climate Policy […]

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  • DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville March 3, 2021
    Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville A cooling strategies toolkit for increasingly hot summers Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and […]
  • What You Need to Know About Hosting Virtual Focus Groups March 2, 2021
    What You Need to Know About Hosting Virtual Focus Groups By Iolando Spinola, Community Engagement Specialist II Are you trying to build meaningful relationships with community members as you conduct community engagement for a project? Are you looking to gather feedback from groups you might not usually hear from or people underrepresented at planning events? […]
  • March Data Viz: The Online Municipal Meeting Pivot March 1, 2021
    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. March’s visualization highlights reflections on virtual zoning and planning board meetings across the state: what's worked, what hasn't, and what lessons we can take from one […]
  • It’s Time to Embrace the Virtual Meeting for the Long Haul February 26, 2021
    It's Time to Embrace the Virtual Meeting for the Long Haul By Carolina Prieto, Community Engagement Manager Nearly a year ago, in a matter of just a few weeks, government agencies and regional planning organizations had to sharply pivot their public participation processes into the digital realm. MAPC launched its first fully-virtual community forum at […]
  • Explore Greater Boston’s Seven Housing Submarkets February 25, 2021
    New Data Tool: Greater Boston's Seven Housing Submarkets From low-density suburbs to premium-priced urban districts to neighborhoods with a mix of small multifamily and single-family homes, neighborhoods in Greater Boston can look wildly different – even neighborhoods in the same city of town. What’s more, where you live can influence the opportunities available to you. […]