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Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They're a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities

April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm |

Parking may not be the subject of scintillating conversation among non-planners, but the hundreds of municipal, state, and community leaders who came to the sPARKing New Ideas conference on April 8, 2014 really got it: …

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sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities

April 18, 2014 – 12:15 pm |
Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They're a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

Parking may not be the subject of scintillating conversation among non-planners, but the hundreds of municipal, state, and community leaders who came to the sPARKing New Ideas conference on April 8, 2014 really got it: parking is everything. (For the videos, presentations, and other information that will convince you this is the case, visit  MAPC/parking).

Donald Shoup, Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA, author of the seminal book “The High Cost of Free Parking,” and official parking rock star, gave the keynote address. Professor Shoup talked about the benefits of charging the right price for on-street parking, returning parking revenue to the neighborhood in which it is raised, and removing sometimes- near-random (as pictured below, right) and often counterproductive minimum off-street parking requirements.

Donald Shoup,

Donald Shoup, MAPC’s sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston MA, April 8, 2014, courtesy Marilyn Humphries.

 

 

Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director, addresses MAPC's sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries

Marc Draisen, MAPC Executive Director, addresses MAPC’s sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Courtesy Marilyn Humphries

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, MAPC's sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Staff photo.

Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki, MAPC’s sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Staff photo.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These ideas and others were explored by distinguished speakers throughout the symposium. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki (above, right) addressed a plenary session, and Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director of Research of the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy (below, right), made a compelling case for why parking has an impact on affordable housing, economic development, and climate change.

Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director of Research, Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at MAPC's sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA 01760, April 8, 2014. Staff photo.

Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director of Research, Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at MAPC’s sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA 01760, April 8, 2014. Staff photo.

 

Slide from presentation by Stephanie Pollack, MAPC's sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Staff Photo.

Slide from presentation by Stephanie Pollack, MAPC’s sPARKing New Ideas conference, Boston, MA, April 8, 2014. Staff Photo.

 

Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They're a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

Desk of a MAPC parking team member who works with municipalities on parking. They’re a dedicated lot, so to speak. MAPC offices, Boston, Mass, 2014. Staff photo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communitieswas was sponsored in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Municipal Solar in Sudbury

April 7, 2014 – 1:31 pm |

To utilize otherwise nonproductive space on their closed landfill, Sudbury decided to fill it with solar panels–6,060 of them. This solar power purchase agreement was part of a group procurement for energy services that MAPC …

Managing Neighborhood Change in Somerville and Beyond

March 10, 2014 – 4:41 pm |
Somerville Housing Forum, March 4, 2014. Photo courtesy Somerville Community Corporation.

On Tuesday, March 4, Somerville residents gathered at the Argenziano School with Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Denise Provost, aldermen, and community partners for the third and final installment of a forum series on housing. Hosted …

LED Streetlight Conversions in Arlington

March 7, 2014 – 4:36 pm |

This is the second in a series of videos that MAPC’s Clean Energy Division has made about our work in four communities. Check out the first one, focusing on local energy planning  in Medford.

Before it …

Winter Council Meeting: Sustainable Communities Accomplishments

February 28, 2014 – 1:37 pm |

Inspiration was on tap at MAPC’s February 26th Council Meeting, as speakers celebrated the work that Sustainable Communities Grants made possible and looked to the future. Michelle Ciccolo, MAPC’s Council President, welcomed the large group …

North Shore Community Energy Strategies

February 27, 2014 – 10:51 am |

Last week, MAPC brought together residents of Salem, Swampscott, Hamilton, and Wenham at Swampscott High School to discuss strategies to help them achieve their towns’ clean energy goals. MAPC had initiated the four communities’ applying together …

Littleton Wins National Award for Creating Streets that Work for Everyone

February 18, 2014 – 3:45 pm |
Littleton Common, Littleton, MA. 2009. Photo from Wikimedia Commons, courtesy Twp via Creative Commons License.

Littleton’s Complete Streets Policy, developed together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), today won recognition as being the best in the nation by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of national non-profit Smart …

Change Ahead for Somerville’s Neighborhoods

February 12, 2014 – 3:44 pm |
Houses in Somerville, MA

The Green Line Extension  may benefit the City of Somerville in many ways, but it may also cause displacement of low- and moderate-income residents, said a report released February 1 by the Metropolitan Area Planning …

MAPC Awarded CIC Grants: Will Help Communities Throughout Region and Commonwealth.

February 6, 2014 – 12:05 pm |
Community Innovation Challenge Grant Announcement. From right: MAPC Council President Michelle Ciccolo; MAPC Government Affairs Director and Energy Manager Rebecca Davis; MAPC Deputy Director Joel Barrera; MAPC Assistant Manager of Clean Energy Erin Brandt; MAPC Public Health Manager Barry Keppard; MAPC Environmental Planning Director Martin Pillsbury; MAPC Municipal Services Specialist Peter Dunn. Boston, Mass., February 6, 2014. Staff photo.

Governor Deval Patrick announced today that MAPC has been awarded funding through the Community Innovation Challenge Grant program to lead projects that will help gateway cities save energy, help Neponset Valley manage stormwater, help Metrowest …

Danvers Town Meeting Unanimously Passes Tapleyville Overlay District Article

February 4, 2014 – 5:44 pm |
Final Map for Tapleyville Overlay District, Danvers, Mass.

Congratulations to Danvers! Danvers’ Town Meeting just passed the Tapleyville Overlay District article that will allow for the mixed use redevelopment of a small industrial area near the downtown and adjacent to the bike path. Congratulations …