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Blog post
May 4, 2021, 10am PDT
After last year's National Planning Conference was canceled in the early days and weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event returns online, with tons of planning content and even several avenues for networking and socializing.
James Brasuell
April 1, 2021, 5am PDT
The city of Boston will undertake an experiment about how to center public transit as an economic recovery tool.
Smart Cities Dive
March 3, 2021, 8am PST
Many coronavirus restrictions were lifted on Monday in Massachusetts by Gov. Charlie Baker due to falling COVID cases and hospitalizations, but many experts feel the move is too hasty and could lead to a resurgence in the virus.
Associated Press
February 25, 2021, 6am PST
If completed, the North Atlantic Rail project could transform New England's transportation landscape.
Bloomberg CityLab
February 24, 2021, 7am PST
City leaders want to build more off-leash dog parks, partly as a response to the trend of "pandemic puppies" that has led to a sharp spike in urban dog ownership.
The Boston Globe
February 23, 2021, 6am PST
The Boston Zoning Code is one of the first in the nation to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
Shelterforce Magazine
February 16, 2021, 6am PST
Recent state legislation removed state preemption of the fees local governments can charge developers, called linkage fees. Boston is poised to act on this new power.
The Boston Globe
January 29, 2021, 7am PST
The first case study by the Transit Costs Project at New York University's Marron Institute offers a long awaited, and long necessary, glimpse into the bloated costs of construction in the United States.
City Journal
January 19, 2021, 7am PST
The 80-year-old Bunker Hill public housing complex will be replace according to a plan approved recently by the Boston Planning and Development Agency.
The Boston Globe
December 22, 2020, 6am PST
The city wants to cut its car use in half by 2030 as part of an aggressive set of "aspirational" goals.
Streetsblog Massachusetts
December 17, 2020, 6am PST
News of a potential economic stimulus package in Congress is followed by news that two of the nation's most prominent transit systems are reducing cuts proposed to address plummeting revenues.
Spectrum News
December 14, 2020, 6am PST
The Boston Foundation's first Place Leadership Network process offers lessons in how to build place-based coalitions to advance the cause of equity.
Brookings
December 11, 2020, 7am PST
To many employees are sick with COVID for Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority commuter rail to operate on its normal schedule.
The Boston Globe
November 22, 2020, 5am PST
A decision by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to rescind a carpool lane has not resulted in a significant expansion of transit and carpool capacity on Interstate 93 north of Boston.
Streetsblog Massachusetts
November 12, 2020, 8am PST
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) this week proposed cuts to public transit service. In a decision that will likely repeat as more transit agencies undertake similar processes, the MBTA decided to prioritize buses over trains.
Trains
November 6, 2020, 5am PST
A new Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority program has quickly deployed bus infrastructure around the Boston area, focusing on neighborhoods where people are relying on the bus during the pandemic.
Next City
October 26, 2020, 7am PDT
A case study from the Boston region shows the power of allowing moderate density on transit adjacent residential parcels currently available only to single-family detached homes.
Brookings
October 6, 2020, 6am PDT
The forthcoming Boston Urban Forestry Plan is expected to support communities that have been disproportionately exposed to environmental stressors.
Smart Cities Dive
October 2, 2020, 6am PDT
The oldest city park in the United States, used as a cow pasture until the 19th century, is slated for a major upgrade.
The Architect's Newspaper
September 25, 2020, 6am PDT
Developers with a ground lease for land owned by the University of Massachusetts Boston want to build a new mixed-use development to rival Kendall Square in nearby Cambridge.
The Boston Globe