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  • 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.

    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/feb/28/child-friendly-city-indoors-playing-healthy-sociable-outdoors

  • 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."

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/97292?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-02222018&mc_cid=d33e1a08b5&mc_eid=b9p0fICGm0


     
  • 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/planners-movie-and-meet-up-citizen-jane-battle-for-the-city-tickets-42470905622

    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...,.

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/01/04/the-best-use-widett-circle-don-develop-all/PKw5rstNGe4siQ2LxW18kM/story.html 

  • 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 quest...it 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

    https://www.planetizen.com/node/96777?utm_source=newswire&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=news-01222018&mc_cid=70a7a36f0a&mc_eid=b9p0fICGm0

  • 19 Jan 2018 2:08 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "The most essential designed component of New York is not a skyscraper or a station, but the street. That basic workhorse of public space carries people, freight, and vehicles on its surface; water, sewage, power, gas, steam, and data below. It is a complex but archaic machine — improvised, mistreated, and endlessly patched up. It needs an overhaul, and it needs one now."

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2018/01/what-is-a-city-street-and-what-will-it-become.html

  • 11 Jan 2018 10:46 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    There’s a certain type of house that people love to hate. They're called "McMansions," and architecture critic Kate Wagner has dedicated her website, McMansion Hell, to explaining why these houses rub people the wrong way. This was one of our most in-depth documentaries of 2017. Read the story (and see the video):

     https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/06/26/the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-pre-recession-boom-is-back/?utm_term=.8f376904a310

  • 11 Jan 2018 10:01 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

     

    "Over the past century the automobile has turned out to be the ultimate disruptor to 

    human lives and our civic way of life."


     https://medium.com/cityoftomorrow/together-lets-take-back-the-streets-6e8e39ffae2c

  • 11 Jan 2018 9:54 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    “The social and emotional cost fell on poor people and people of color,” says University of Richmond’s Robert Nelson."

Contact: Leonardi Aray, President | MAConsultingPlanners@gmail.com
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