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  • 05 Oct 2017 10:30 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "In a market where buildable land goes quickly to private developers paying cash — or investors who sit on the property and wait for its value to rise — nonprofit builders are at a definite disadvantage. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants to level that building field, and his administration has announced an $8.5 million program designed to help nonprofits acquire parcels for affordable housing."

    https://nextcity.org/daily/entry/news-boston-affordable-housing-developers-rethink-vacant-lots

  • 05 Oct 2017 12:01 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    An obscure ordinance published by the Department of Commerce in 1928 has had arguably the largest affect on how U.S. cities are developed. But a new, simple, two-sentence subdivision ordinance could actually result in much better places, and much better cities.

    http://www.moderncities.com/article/2017-oct-two-simple-sentences-could-reshape-suburban-america

  • 05 Oct 2017 10:16 AM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    "Sunlight and shadow shape the character and rhythm of New York’s public spaces. They have the power to control the flow of foot traffic on our city streets and decide which plazas hum with activity and commerce and which stay barren and desolate. And probably most noticeably, they have the power to change the rent. In most parts of America, sunlight is not debated the way it is in New York, where the city’s thirst for living space, working space and economic growth has turned the sun into a virtual commodity."

    https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/12/21/upshot/Mapping-the-Shadows-of-New-York-City.html?_r=0

  • 02 Oct 2017 10:24 AM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    A message from Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, Inc (NOAH)

    NOAH's great ClimateCARE team is planning an East Boston Climate Summit on Saturday, October 28, from 10AM to 2:30PM, at the Umana Academy on Border Street in East Boston. Climate change brings the increasing threat of sea-level rise, damaging floods, warming temperatures, and changing storm patterns. The diverse and vibrant peninsular community of East Boston is poised to experience these threats in a big way. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Sandy have taught us that large urban centers can suffer loss of life and severe property damage. Personal and institutional preparedness are necessary in the face of these increasing challenges. The City of Boston and other City/State agencies are making plans to protect East Boston - its people, its businesses, and its community. NOAH is working closely with the City and various agencies so that plans make sense for all of East Boston's residents. Mayor Marty Walsh, a national climate change leader, is our invited speaker, along with Oscar A. Chacón, co-founder and executive director of Alianza Americas, an immigrant-serving organization. Our elected local representatives will also be speaking. There will be a variety of interesting workshops to attend. For more information, please contact NOAH's Climate Program Manager, Gabriela Boscio, at gboscio@noahcdc.org or register by clicking HERE.   

  • 27 Sep 2017 10:20 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    When you walk through a city, does it make you feel happy? That’s the question author and urbanist Charles Montgomery set out to answer while researching his book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design. Through various experiments and urban labs, Montgomery discovered that, yes, walking through certain parts of a city can indeed spark joy. But that discovery led to another, more impactful question: How can cities foster happiness through urban design

    https://blueprint.cbre.com/how-urban-design-impacts-happiness/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Wallpost&utm_campaign=Native&utm_term=Urban%2BDesign%2BImpacts%2BHappiness

  • 26 Sep 2017 6:12 PM | Leonardi Aray (Administrator)

    The Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners is supporting the Smart Growth Alliance on their Campaign to advance zoning reform in Massachusetts. 

    Tomorrow Thursday, September 28th at 10:00AM, planning professionals will be providing oral testimony before the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses on Senate Bill #81-- An Act Promoting Housing and Sustainable Development. We encourage everyone to attend the hearing. 

    Also, please sign the online petition at:

    https://www.great-neighborhoods.org/petition

    The petition signers will be asking the legislature to make Great Neighborhoods a top priority this term. 

    Here is the link to more information about the bill: https://malegislature.gov/Events/Hearings/Detail/2733


  • 22 Sep 2017 10:41 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

    Many world cities have a signature building or monument that makes their skylines recognizable, while others are more challenging. Are you smart enough to name all of these cities from only pictures of their skylines? Prove it :)

    http://offbeat.topix.com/quiz/18598?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=18598&utm_term=230M8SALFQPM6UIT

  • 22 Sep 2017 10:08 PM | Daphne Politis (Administrator)

     "Housing affordability is a vexing challenge and transit-oriented development is often a victim of its own success. These neighborhoods become sought after by buyers and renters of all ages, pushing up housing costs. The challenge now is to ensure that housing that is affordable to low- and moderate-income households, including older adults, is part of these new neighborhoods."

    http://www.aarp.org/livable-communities/getting-around/info-2017/transit-oriented-development-senior-housing-denver.html?cmp=EMC-DSM-NLC-LC-HOMFAM-20170920_LivableCommunities_254800_406404-092017-F2-NoCarNeeded-Header-CTRL-2432044&encparam=%2BbUHUZ36YbpvM3joKy0j%2FTC%2BHO336rs01pL18F14eLY%3D

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