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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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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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RSS Planning 101 Posts

  • 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 […]