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What We Do: Arts and Culture

April 18, 2017 – 8:51 am |

In the video above, MAPC’s brand-new Arts & Culture Manager, Jenn Erickson, discusses arts and cultural planning at MAPC.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has a new service area! Last week, Executive Director Marc Draisen announced …

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Newton’s Community Solar Share Initiative: Sometimes, the Answer is Hidden in Plain Sight

January 26, 2017 – 12:06 pm |

Typically, low income households pay a higher percentage of income for electricity than those in other income brackets. In Boston, for example, median-income households spend 2.8 percent of their total income on electricity on average, …

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Community Safety Day on the Hill

May 6, 2014 – 5:27 pm |
Boston Police Department Superintendent-in-Chief, William G. Gross, discussed the important role that SSYI and Shannon funded partners play in supporting community safety and providing positive alternatives for youth. MAPC Metro Mayors Coalition Community Safety Day on the Hill, Boston, Mass., April 30, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

April 30, 2014, Boston: Exuberance was in the air as over 250 youth, mayors, law enforcement and municipal officials, legislators and community advocates gathered in Nurses Hall at the State House. It was the Community …

Fighting Gang Violence: MAPC Facilitates Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition

February 3, 2014 – 11:43 am |

In 2014, for the 8th year in a row, MAPC will be facilitating the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition. The Shannon Grant is a statewide youth and gang violence prevention grant that includes both law …

Investing in Healthy Neighborhoods: The Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund

December 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm |
Not only did this HIA make explicit connections between community development/TOD and health and help develop the health metrics of the HNEF, but it has also given the entire MAPC a greater awareness of how neighborhood health is affected by any plan or policy.

The way we design neighborhoods can help ­– or hurt – our health. The location of our homes and businesses, the quality of sidewalks and streets, community programs and public safety – all can influence …

Bringing holiday cheer to Stoughton business owners

December 21, 2012 – 5:33 pm |
Bringing holiday cheer to Stoughton business owners

Yesterday I spent the afternoon walking around Stoughton Center, popping into different local businesses to meet the owners and encourage them to come to a business breakfast on January 25, which MAPC is hosting along …

CORI Reform: Helping ex-offenders get jobs is good for the region

May 16, 2012 – 12:13 pm |
CORI Reform: Helping ex-offenders get jobs is good for the region

Everyone deserves to have a job. But when access to employment is limited for large groups of people in a community with high rates of criminal convictions, it doesn’t only affect those individuals. The impact …

“Unbanked” Bostonians: the next hurdle for Hubway?

January 3, 2012 – 5:12 pm | 148 Comments
“Unbanked” Bostonians: the next hurdle for Hubway?

This story from The Atlantic’s Cities blog highlighted an important issue facing bike share programs across the country (including Hubway), which rely on a credit/debit card system for rentals (more on how Hubway’s membership works). …

Equity report release: Balancing facts and stories

December 15, 2011 – 3:10 pm | 257 Comments
Equity report release: Balancing facts and stories

We probably all know that Metro Boston is an unequal place.  It’s clear from hearing the stories of friends and colleagues that racial and income divides linger. But how segregated are we really?  How great …

Sad statistics don’t have to endure

December 15, 2011 – 11:54 am | 86 Comments
Sad statistics don’t have to endure

Yvonne Abraham’s Boston Globe editorial “A sad statistic that endures” did an excellent job describing racial disparities in the birth of underweight babies, a key finding from MAPC’s newly-released “The State of Equity in Metro Boston” …