sPARKing New Ideas

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sPARKing New Ideas: Parking Strategies for Stronger Communities was a highly successful conference sponsored on April 8, 2014 by MAPC in partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development and the Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association

Governing – How Zambian Cities Are Like American Suburbs

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Stephanie Pollack says “someone else’s car” as a mode of transportation is not recognized by U.S. transportation planners. Informal systems such as these need to be recognized as they have implications both here and abroad.

SouthCoast TODAY – New Bedford area’s unemployment drops in March

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Unemployment rates can be deceptive, says Barry Bluestone. According to Dukakis Center research, the most important variable correlated with job growth is the availability of development sites.

Wicked Local Dedham: East Dedham arts district would help revitalize the area, study says

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A group of Policy School graduate students, along with Director Barry Bluestone, presented a plan that aims to help East Dedham thrive economically to officials at a recent Planning Board meeting.

Daily Times Chronicle: Town to hold community meeting on economic development – 4/23/14

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Director Barry Bluestone will host an economic development session in Reading to help the community utilize the Dukakis Center’s new Economic Development Self-Assessment Toolkit.

Mass. employment hits all-time high – 4/17/14

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Alan Clayton-Matthews says Massachusetts’ job growth is on a steady trend that’s likely to continue.

Siemens offers $660 million to help narrow skills gap – 4/16/14

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An aging manufacturing sector workforce will open up 100,000 jobs in the next decade, says Barry Bluestone. Jobs that may not be filled if more students aren’t trained for them.

Boston’s parking solution is not more parking – 4/15/14

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Associate Director Stephanie Pollack tells Paul McMorrow that Dukakis Center data shows heavy drivers live in homes that provide parking and those who use transit tend to avoid homes with parking.

Smarter Parking, Better Communities

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On April 8, 2014,  at the Sparking New Ideas conference, Stephanie Pollack discussed smarter parking policy alternatives that create better communities. Download the presentation: Smarter Parking, Better Communities View Video

The Boston Globe – This spring, there’s more than a hint of optimism in the air – 4/7/2014

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Is this the year the US economy finally takes off? Despite a slow start in 2014, many economists say, “Yes.”

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