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Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland

June 4, 2020

For immediate release: Thursday, June 4, 2020           Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland  Resident survey now live;  Results will help shape zoning & development decisions for long-term neighborhood success  ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is looking for resident input into the future of downtown, and a […]

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Help Determine Housing Goals and Strategies for Lynn

May 26, 2020

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020 HELP DETERMINE HOUSING GOALS AND STRATEGIES FOR LYNN Residents encouraged to participate in an online open house in May to give input on the future of housing in Lynn LYNN – Help the City of Lynn develop a community-driven plan to promote housing […]

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Join us! “The Medfield Anthology”

May 26, 2020

For Immediate Release: Friday, May 22, 2020  Join us! ‘The Medfield Anthology’ Zoom adaptation of a walking play based on archival research and local memories of the Medfield State Hospital MEDFIELD – The premiere of “The Medfield Anthology,” a site-informed performance piece set at the Medfield State Hospital, will take […]

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Report: How Can Downtowns Survive MA Reopening?

May 13, 2020

For immediate release: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 New Brief Outlines Steps Needed to Ensure Small Businesses Survive Re-opening and Thrive in Post-COVID Era Cities, towns, state must all work together to create a friendly regulatory framework and provide reopening assistance; Allowing curbside vending, mass-purchasing of PPE and testing supplies, and […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

April 2, 2020

Amanda Linehan Communications Director 617-933-0705 For Immediate Release: Thursday, April 2, 2020 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump administration. “MAPC strongly opposes fuel efficiency rollbacks that will imperil people’s health, our environment, and the economy […]

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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • 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 […]