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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.
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“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 …

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 …

Fighting youth violence, on the court

August 6, 2013 – 3:30 pm |

By Charlie Ticotsky
On Saturday, August 3, the Metro Mayors Shannon Grant Coalition, an initiative facilitated by MAPC, held its sixth annual basketball tournament. The eight communities in the coalition — Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Quincy, …

DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

March 7, 2013 – 3:59 pm |
DeLeo – Let’s decide transportation $, then budget

Originally posted on the T4MA blog

By Marie Szaniszlo
House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo this morning said he wants the Legislature to decide how much to earmark for transportation, including funding for the MBTA and regional transit …

“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

January 15, 2013 – 5:05 pm |
“The way forward” to transportation reform in MA

Yesterday, the Patrick Administration unveiled a menu of options for plugging the gap in the state’s transportation budget, based on the findings of a report prepared by MassDOT,  titled “The Way Forward: A 21st Century …

“Fiscal cliff” deal yields a win for public transit

January 4, 2013 – 4:26 pm |
“Fiscal cliff” deal yields a win for public transit

One important federal transportation issue that MAPC has been working on in the past year is/was the disparity between commuter tax benefits for those who drive and those who take public transportation.
Beginning on January 1, …

Learning cluster discussions: Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting, Fall 2012

December 10, 2012 – 1:45 pm |
Learning cluster discussions: Sustainable Communities Consortium Meeting, Fall 2012

Planning and Preserving Urban Green Infrastructure
This session featured a number of innovative projects, with goals ranging from increased access to fresh foods to improving water quality, neighborhood livability, and climate resiliency. The group used a …