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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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New Toolkit for School Threat Assessment and Response

April 25, 2017 – 2:43 pm |

MAPC’s homeland security team recently worked to help produce a toolkit providing schools and school districts with guidance on assessing and responding to threats and crises.Â
On Friday, March 17, the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory …

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 …

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 …

What We Do: Legislative Priorities

April 10, 2017 – 11:06 am |

 
In the video above, MAPC Government Affairs Specialist Steve Byrne discusses MAPC’s legislative priorities.
Every legislative session, the government affairs team monitors legislative action on Beacon Hill, identifying, following and advocating for bills and budget items …

Convert Your Fleet to Clean Fuel: Still Time to Join Group Purchase

April 5, 2017 – 10:43 am |

Time’s running out to sign up to update your municipal vehicles to clean technology through the first round of MAPC’s Green Mobility Group Purchasing Program. Let us know you’re interested in participating by April 21, 2017 at 5 …

What Climate Change Could Mean for Your Town’s Trees

March 10, 2017 – 11:22 am |
What Climate Change Could Mean for Your Town’s Trees

Climate change is threatening many communities of Greater Boston and will only worsen over the course of the rest of the century if we don’t quickly accelerate our mitigation efforts. According to Climate Ready Boston, …

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 …

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 …

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 Coalition Receives Shannon Grant to Combat Youth and Gang Violence

January 11, 2017 – 2:30 pm |

MAPC’s Metro Mayors Coalition has received the Senator Charles E. Shannon Jr. Grant to prevent youth and gang violence for the 11th consecutive year. On Tuesday, Jan. 10, in a ceremony at the grand staircase …