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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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Beat the Heat This Summer With Keep Cool

June 21, 2017 – 12:43 pm |

Just in time for the official start of summer, MAPC has rolled out its pioneering Keep Cool app. In partnership with the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, MAPC soft launched this innovative new web …

Introducing Trailmap, Your Comprehensive Guide to Local Trails

May 18, 2017 – 11:25 am |

On the first day of Bay State Bike Week, MAPC celebrated by announcing the launch of Trailmap, a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to …

How Can We Tell if Complete Streets Policies are Working?

April 12, 2017 – 10:14 am |

How do we measure what really matters? As a planner, I know the plan is important but it is not what really counts at the end of the day. It’s the changes that follow the plan …

Who Benefits (and Who Can Be Harmed) as Neighborhoods Change?

December 6, 2016 – 2:30 pm |

Gentrification changes neighborhoods. It raises property values and brings new investments in parks and public spaces, streetscapes, and services. These are changes that can improve economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, changes like these can also …

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 …

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 …

$50 Million for Active Streets Certification Program in House’s Transportation Bond Bill

January 31, 2014 – 4:12 pm |

This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its version of the Transportation Bond Bill and included $50 million for the Active Streets Certification Program!
MAPC has been working continuously with our partners at MPHA, T4MA, …

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 …

Boston Green Map: Find Your Space!

July 11, 2013 – 3:48 pm |

This Sunday, July 14 we’re launching our Boston Green Map website & app at Circle the City on Avenue of the Arts. Will you join us??

Boston Green Map is a web application that allows users to locate …