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Posts Tagged ‘MA’

STREETFILMS: A Lovely Pedestrian Network in Boston

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
STREETFILMS: A Lovely Pedestrian Network in Boston

Streetfilms footage of Downton Crossing, a neighborhood in Boston with a very robust pedestrian network.

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Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Friday, May 5th, 2017
Better Buildings Challenge SWAP: Season 3

Cities and local communities play an integral role in driving energy efficiency throughout the United States. The cities of Atlanta and Boston are energy efficiency leaders, achieving great success in energy saving and energy management creating energy efficient buildings in their cities, both municipal and commercial. Can the two cities; both on the east coast but with completely different climates help each other think differently about ways to save energy?

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Fall River, MA: 2017 ACEC Massachusetts Grand Conceptor Award Winner

Monday, March 20th, 2017
Fall River, MA: 2017 ACEC Massachusetts Grand Conceptor Award Winner

Welcoming significant enhancements to pedestrian and bike accommodations and improved local and regional vehicular connections—the MassDOT Route 79 and I-195 Interchange Project undertaken by the Barletta Heavy/O&G Joint Venture and VHB has broken down barriers between downtown communities and their waterfront resources in Fall River, MA.

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Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Increase in Precipitation Events

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor Executive Summary In Massachusetts, water infrastructure of all kinds—drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems—is primarily a local responsibility. The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) within the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has undertaken this Municipal Impact Study to examine the financial impact […]

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Transportation for Massachusetts: Keeping on Track

Thursday, February 16th, 2017
Transportation for Massachusetts: On the Subway with my Bunny

Keeping on Track now provides one-stop shopping for those interested in updated information about the Commonwealth’s transportation system, completed statutory requirements from two transportation laws, missed deadlines, and improvements made through new transportation system investments.

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Future of Parking in Boston

Monday, December 5th, 2016
The recommendations of this report

Boston is experiencing increasing development and population at a time when interest in a comprehensive multimodal transportation approach to travel is at an all-time high. Parking use provision management and cost are central to transportation policy and individual travel choices. Citywide and neighborhood efforts like the Go Boston 2030 Mobility Action Plan,the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, and the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan all recognize the centrality of parking and its outside role in the transportation system.

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Commuter Flows: Employment and Residence Patterns in Greater Boston

Monday, September 5th, 2016
MAP 1: WHERE DO BOSTON RESIDENTS WORK? (BY CENSUS TRACT)

Cities and towns are not closed economic systems, and commuting patterns reflect interactions within the regional economy. Workers who reside in one town may work in a neighboring town. Jobs in a given town may be filled by a combination of resident workers and commuters. This report examines residential and employment patterns in the greater Boston area and the resulting commuter flows.

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Germs On Mass Transit

Friday, July 8th, 2016
FIG 1 Collection of samples from MBTA trains and stations.

AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR MICROBIOLOGY
In conjunction with other published investigations, this work helps to characterize the “urban microbiome” and, in doing so, adds to our understanding of how these microbial communities are formed, maintained, and transferred. Such studies fall in a critical space between the categories of environmental and human-associated microbial ecology and as such must address the challenges of both. Improved approaches to such studies should include designing studies with rich metadata, including architectural features, human contact, environmental exposure, surface type, and surface material; accounting for a wide range of potential biochemical environments, contaminants, and biomass levels; and involving institutional review boards, city officials, and engineers as appropriate.

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State of the Built Environment: Greater Boston’s Infrastructure

Friday, June 10th, 2016
Figure 2.1: Greater Boston Roadway Composition by Road Type

A BETTER CITY
Based on our projections, the conclusion is pretty straightforward. As a region we must find ways to expand our infrastructure, enhance the efficiency with which we use it, and find ways to conserve energy, water, and open space in order to accommodate the population growth and expanded economic output we project through 2030. The complexity lies in determining which course to take and ultimately how to pay for it.

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Boston, MA: Inside the Central Hub of the MBTA Transit System

Monday, April 18th, 2016
Boston, MA: Inside the Central Hub of the MBTA Transit System

Welcome to the MBTA’s Operations Control Center, the central hub of Boston’s Transit system.

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