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Incorporating Art Into Your Planning Process

March 7, 2017 – 1:34 pm |

Whether a colorful mural brightening an otherwise-bare wall, a trail adorned with temporary or permanent public art, or a wastewater treatment plant enhanced by interpretive arts elements, cultural resources and art improve the sense of …

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Perfect Fit Parking: How Much is Residential Parking Actually Being Used?

February 24, 2017 – 4:09 pm |

In communities across Metro Boston, parking is a point of contention for initiatives ranging from zoning to housing projects: everyone needs more of it. However, there’s little hard data about how many off-street spaces are …

Life Moves Pretty Fast, But Lowering Speed Limits Can Save Lives

January 5, 2017 – 2:45 pm |

“Life moves pretty fast,” goes the quote from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” “If you don’t slow down and look around, you might miss it.” What Ferris doesn’t say, though, is that if you slow down, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

MetroFuture Walks & Talks — May 2014

May 29, 2014 – 5:08 pm |

Rail Trail Workshop in Danvers
On May 22, 2014, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), in collaboration with the Planning Department of the Town of Danvers, offered a two-hour interactive Rail Trail Workshop to neighboring municipalities …

$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, …

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 …

Building support for transportation finance reform

February 28, 2013 – 5:08 pm |
Building support for transportation finance reform

On Monday, February 25, more than 100 people came to Salem’s Old Town Hall for an MAPC regional forum, co-sponsored by many local, regional, and statewide partners, focusing on the importance of investing in our …