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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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MAPC: House Transportation Proposal Will Raise Needed New Revenue

February 26, 2020

For immediate release: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 BOSTON – The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement on the House’s newly-released transportation bills. “House leadership today made some significant recommendations to raise critical new revenue for our transportation system. This conversation is overdue and desperately needed, and we’re […]

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“Crowded in and Priced Out:” Housing Families with Children in Greater Boston

February 3, 2020

Nearly one out of every four families with children in 12 Greater Boston communities pay more than half their income for housing, while nearly one in ten live in overcrowded conditions.

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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 […]