Massachusetts Association
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  • 08 Apr 2018 10:36 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    The notion that an active cultural milieu can have a broad-ranging economic impact is certainly not a novel concept for most real estate developers. But Miami’s rapid and sustained growth due to its significant investment in cultural development is perhaps one of the more successful case studies on the concept.

  • 04 Apr 2018 11:47 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    When you search the Top 100 urban planning and development, architecture, or built environment books on Amazon you may notice the abundance of male voices, male authors. This book list is meant for men and women alike – to be inspired by those in our field and to gain greater perspectives in planning and developing built

  • 01 Apr 2018 6:56 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Are the urban revival and the future of mobility already rendering parking lots obsolete? Chicago provides a case study of a new generation of skyscrapers rising were cars once parked.

  • 11 Mar 2018 6:02 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Urban planners have been melding mainstreaming and city design in Vienna for over two decades and they've gotten it down to something of a science. Before a project gets underway, data is collected to determine how different groups of people use public space."

  • 11 Mar 2018 5:55 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Imagine you are 10 years old. You live in a medium-sized city and want to visit your best friend, a five-minute walk away, so you can go to the park, another 10 minutes’ walk. The problem is, there’s a big, dangerous road between you and your friend, and another between them and the park. You ask your parents if you can walk, they say no, and they are too busy to take you there themselves.

    Perhaps you SnapChat your friend instead, perhaps you play a video game on the sofa. You’ve lost out on exercise and time outside, interacting with your neighbourhood and, of course, play time with your friend. 

    This is the reality for many kids today – but it doesn’t have to be this way.

  • 05 Mar 2018 9:13 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    Please check the thoughtful response to the Globe Editorial from members of MACP's Executive Committee.

    Planning is not 'expensive,' Boston Globe 3-4-18.pdf 

  • 22 Feb 2018 11:27 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "It is illegal to operate a mobile phone to talk, text or listen to music while crossing the street in Montclair, California."

  • 02 Feb 2018 10:57 AM | John Gelcich, AICP (Administrator)
    The Mass. Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-MA) and Mass. Association of Planning Directors (MAPD) are co-sponsoring this FREE movie and networking event:

    "Citizen Jane: Battle for the City". This documentary about Jane Jacobs and the battle to save Greenwich Village during the era of Urban Renewal got a 94% rating from Rotten Tomatoes!  Please RSVP here:

    Wednesday March 7, 2018

    Capitol Theatre, 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA  

    5:30-6:30  Networking, appetizers and cash bar

    6:30-8:00  Movie

    8:00-9:00  Discussion

  • 31 Jan 2018 3:21 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    By Bob Zimmerman and Elizabeth Henry    JANUARY 04, 2018

    ... the most profitable use of the circle, sandwiched between the South End and South Boston, may lie in not developing it. City coffers would be in better shape if we scrape up the pavement, create a wetland, and invite the public into a vibrant open space...,. 

  • 22 Jan 2018 10:55 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    In September, 238 applicants dreamed the impossible dream of attracting the second headquarters of Amazon, along with some 40,000 jobs. Today, all but 20 of those applicants will have to find a new had whittled the list of possible homes for its second headquarters to 20, including centers of technology like Boston and some surprise locations like Columbus, Ohio

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