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Boston Greenbelt Walk

June 16, 2015 – 1:15 pm |

Over 40 participants joined MAPC and the Free Walkers, a long-distance walking group, for a walk along part of the Boston Greenbelt Trail. The Trail is a proposed 90-mile walking trail circling Boston that would …

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Boston Greenbelt Walk

June 16, 2015 – 1:15 pm |

Over 40 participants joined MAPC and the Free Walkers, a long-distance walking group, for a walk along part of the Boston Greenbelt Trail. The Trail is a proposed 90-mile walking trail circling Boston that would connect Salem, Quincy, and numerous parks and open spaces along the way.

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The Greenbelt Walk spanned more than 30 miles from Newton to Malden of primarily existing trails. Walkers visited scenic parks and open spaces such as the Cochituate Aqueduct, Western Greenway, Cummings Park, Horn Pond, and the Middlesex Fells. While a few dedicated participants walked the entire 32 miles, most people joined for a smaller section of the walk.

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The free event raised awareness and excitement around the proposed trail. The Greenbelt is hoped to serve as a catalyst to preserve some of the remaining undeveloped lands in and around urbanized Boston, improve conditions for pedestrians crossing and walking along roadways, and promote a more connected regional trail system.

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To learn more about Landline, MAPC’s regional greenway plan, visit our website.

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Putting Legacy First: Planning for the Boston 2024 Olympics

June 9, 2015 – 10:55 am |

Quick links: Executive Summary, Full Report
Boston’s Olympic bid has the potential to shape the region for years to come. Our new report, issued jointly with the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Transportation for Massachusetts, urges …

Metro Mayors Commit to Climate Change Preparedness

May 20, 2015 – 4:27 pm |

On May 13, 2015, MAPC hosted an unprecedented Climate Preparedness Summit at UMass Boston in partnership with the City of Boston and Mayor Martin Walsh. The historic event convened the mayors and managers of the …

Staying (stair)well

April 17, 2015 – 2:39 pm |

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy.
Losing. Was. Not. An. Option.
The …

“The Spirit of Massachusetts”

March 31, 2015 – 9:38 am |

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is known for many things; our universities, sports teams, even our unique driving style. Occasionally, the state will adopt an emblem as an official state symbol. For example, we have an …

Nine Years of Community Safety

March 24, 2015 – 12:24 pm |

On March 17th, legislators, mayors, community advocates, law enforcement officials, and youth program participants from across the state gathered in Nurses Hall of the Massachusetts State House for the ninth annual Community Safety Day on …

Winter Council Meeting: Budgeting Transportation

March 12, 2015 – 9:49 am |

Transportation was at the center of discussion at MAPC’s February 25th Council Meeting – as it has been throughout Greater Boston this winter.
Karl Quackenbush, Executive Director of the Central Transportation Planning Staff at the Boston …

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

February 17, 2015 – 11:24 am |
Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of …

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

February 11, 2015 – 2:53 pm |

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and …

MAPC’s Development Database: A Window to the Future

February 5, 2015 – 2:21 pm |

There is no doubt that Metro Boston real estate is on the rebound from the recession of the late ’00s.  From Downtown Boston to our smallest towns, cranes and carpenters are hard at work building …

MAPC Homeland Security – Our Story

December 1, 2014 – 10:08 am |

You may have seen this phrase about MAPC’s Homeland Security work:
“MAPC serves as the lead Statewide Fiduciary for the Massachusetts Homeland Security Planning Regions under a grant from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety …