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  • Wednesday, September 04, 2019 10:02 AM | Daphne Politis

    "Most public space in America is devoted simply to the movement and storage of cars. The highway is a hostile environment for humans and few people seek camaraderie or stimulation in the parking lots. The ambiguous leftover scraps of land, like the woodsy berm between the Walmart and the Best Buy, have no civic value. (That’s where kids go to drink malt-liquor.) Everything else is private space, including the shopping mall, by the way, where you can be arrested for making a speech, or just wearing a T-shirt with a provocative message. Public space per se has been relegated insidiously to TV and the Internet, and neither of these are an adequate replacement for real-live social relations with other human beings in a real place worth caring about."

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/09/03/cities-towns-landscape-despair/?fbclid=IwAR3JuFnjeDHOpMvzCsGn0Igd25PiWNio-30KlxbJK690bQSfFWixn-D4Zik

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2019 12:59 PM | Daphne Politis

    "Penn IUR is invested in supporting and encouraging a new generation of urban scholars who are identifying and pursuing research questions related to urbanization. For this month’s issue of Urban Link, we interviewed recent PhDs—Emerging Scholars, who are a few years into their careers, as well as Spring 2019 degree recipients—on issues they are pursuing in their research."

    https://penniur.upenn.edu/publications/new-ideas-in-urban-research-2019-research-questions-and-findings-from-penn-iurs-emerging-scholars-and-2019-doctoral-recipients

  • Monday, July 29, 2019 2:56 PM | Anne McKinnon (Administrator)

    Gov. Baker proposes $18 B in spending over 10 years for transportation. The Bond Bill also includes efforts to ease the involvement of the private sector in financing and building transportation facilities.

    TBB Section by Section FINAL.PDF

    Transp Bond Bill 2019.pdf

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 8:45 AM | Daphne Politis

    MACP founding member Carol Thomas, FAICP, the first woman to be president of AICP,  will be remembered and her life celebrated at a memorial service in Boston on Sat., July 13 at 1:00 pm.  Carol died in March at age 95.  The service will be at the First Church Boston, corner of Marlborough and Berkeley streets.

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2019 3:37 PM | Daphne Politis

    Citizens' Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is seeking 2-3 additional communities under our Municipal Engagement Initiative. Municipal governments and community organizations throughout the Commonwealth are encouraged to apply. 

    CHAPA’s Municipal Engagement Initiative helps communities build support for affordable housing production across the Commonwealth. CHAPA's Municipal Engagement staff works with municipalities and community groups on public education efforts in support of housing production efforts, with an emphasis on increasing affordable housing. Context-sensitive strategies will be developed. 

    Applicants must submit an electronic application to Dana LeWinter, Director of Municipal Engagement, at dlewinter@chapa.org by 5 PM on Thurs., August 8, 2019. To learn more about the Initiative and to obtain an application, please go to CHAPA's Municipal Engagement Initiative webpage.   


  • Monday, June 24, 2019 8:20 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    The tenth anniversary edition of the WORKTECH New York conference featured an expert panel discussing how the city has changed in the past ten years –revealing four pillars of the urban experience that shape work and life

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  • Tuesday, June 04, 2019 5:41 PM | Daphne Politis

    Just released: New research on local zoning and permitting for multi-family housing in Greater Boston was just released by the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and six other organizations. Researcher Amy Dain examined regulations, plans and production in 100 cities and towns surrounding Boston.  The report outlines barriers in the form of policies and practices restricting housing production. 

    Study sponsors: Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association, Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts, Massachusetts Association of Realtors, Massachusetts Housing Partnership, MassHousing, and Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

    https://ma-smartgrowth.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/03/FINAL_Multi-Family_Housing_Report.pdf

  • Friday, May 17, 2019 6:31 PM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    BSC Group is looking to add a planner to our growing planning practice in our Worcester office. 5-10 years of experience. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects in a fun and supportive work environment. Please check-out our posting at:

    https://www.bscgroup.com/careers/opportunities/planner/

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2019 8:24 AM | Stacy Minihane

    The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for a part-time lecturer in Transportation Planning. Initial appointment will be for two years with the potential for appointment extension. The appointment will begin in September 2019 or January 2020.

    The Department seeks a dynamic, creative, experienced teacher with a record as a practicing professional in transportation planning. The position requires teaching two to three courses per year, participating in departmental committees, and serving as an academic and thesis advisor to students enrolled in the Master of City Planning program. The person hired will teach transportation planning skills and methods in workshop settings, and transportation/mobility subjects related to reflection on practice and theory (e.g. land use and transportation planning), through seminars and lectures.

    Minimum Qualifications: A graduate (master) professional degree in urban planning, transportation, or related field is required; a PhD is desirable but not required. Minimum 3 years professional experience in transportation planning; prior teaching experience in professional development or at a graduate level; ability to teach in a cross disciplinary and dynamic setting that supports planners, designers and engineers.

    Application Instructions: Applications should be submitted through the interfolio website:

    http://apply.interfolio.com/61935

    A complete application package includes: A cover letter summarizing expertise, professional approach to design, and courses the candidate is prepared to teach; a curriculum vita; examples of professional work and/or teaching (20 page max, not to exceed 10MB); and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of three references.

    Review of applications will begin on May 1st and will continue until the position is filled.

    For technical issues, please contact interfolio staff at 877-997-8807 or help@interfolio.com

    Other questions can be directed to Sandra Elliott: sandrame@mit.edu. Please do not send materials by email.


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