Friday, May 21, 2010

From MAPC (Metropolitan Area Planning Council)

I know it's another press release, but I know people in Lynn who would be interested in attending. "Smart growth" to me, means extending the Blue Line.

"Speakers Discuss Recent Efforts on Smart Growth Housing Districts

Fink, Reyelt will compare strategies in Massachusetts and Connecticut

BOSTON – Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) for a panel discussion called “Mixing it Up – Recent Efforts on Smart Growth Housing Districts in Massachusetts and Connecticut” on Wednesday, May 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Suffolk Law School Room 205, 120 Tremont St. in Boston.

“Mixing It Up” features speakers David Fink of HOMEConnecticut and William Reyelt of the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development. The two will present information and answer questions related to smart growth zoning strategies.

With a background in urban and regional planning, Bill Reyelt has been working on housing and municipal development issues with DHCD for more than 12 years. As the Principal Planner of Smart Growth Programs, he assists cities and towns with the establishment of zoning overlay districts authorized under the Commonwealth’s “Chapter 40R” law. In addition to outreach and training on the implementation of smart growth tools and strategies, Mr. Reyelt also works directly with communities planning for and responding to mixed-income housing development.

David Fink is the Policy and Communications Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities and has testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and the Connecticut General Assembly on how housing creation relates to transportation policy and community development. He is also the staff director of the HOMEConnecticut campaign, an initiative seeking solutions to the shortage of housing affordable to workers, young professionals, families and others across the state.

The panel is part of the “MetroFuture Speaker Series,” which is hosting discussions every month throughout the region. The theme of the Speaker Series is “Looking to the Past to Plan for the Future.” Join people from across Metro Boston to discuss different ways that lessons from our past can be applied to modern planning challenges.

MAPC is the regional planning agency for the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. Created in 1963, our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration across Greater Boston. “MetroFuture” is MAPC’s regional plan for making a greater Boston Region. Find out more at

This panel is free and open to the public, but registration is required as seating is limited. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to Tracy Hudak at 617-451-2770 x2018 or

Suffolk Law School is located directly across from the Park Street MBTA station and a short walk from both the Downtown Crossing station on the Orange Line, and the Government Center station on the Blue Line."

Artist: Northern Picture Library
Song: Paris

Thursday, May 6, 2010

I hope our Mayor takes the challenge!

I receive regular updates from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. I see this as an easy opportunity for Mayor Kennedy, especially if she teams up with the talented crew over at LynnCAM. Here's the info:

The MCC has launched the first ever Mayor's Arts Challenge. The Mayor's Arts Challenge will give city leaders across the Commonwealth a chance to showcase how arts and culture help make their communities better places to live, work, and visit. Massachusetts mayors are asked to submit a 2-3 minute video in which they speak to the role of the arts and culture in their community.

"The MCC has a longstanding history of providing funding and services to municipalities, nonprofits and schools. The Mayor's Arts Challenge is a wonderful opportunity for the mayors of the Commonwealth to promote the local art scene in their individual community," added Rob Dolan, Mayor of Melrose and President of the Massachusetts Mayors Association.
Participants must submit their videos to the MCC by October 1, 2010. Viewers will then vote for their favorite entry and the winner will be shown by the national advocacy group Americans for the Arts at its annual presentation at the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The MCC will also show a group of the best testimonials at the State House this January as part of the Commonwealth Awards, the state's highest honors in arts and culture.
"This friendly competition will give each of our mayors a chance to make their case to the Commonwealth and to their peers nationwide.” said Anita Walker, MCC Executive Director.
The MCC recognizes the pivotal role that arts and culture play in driving the economy and contributing to the quality of life in Massachusetts cities and towns. The nonprofit cultural sector has a $4 billion overall economic impact in the Commonwealth, supporting more than 37,000 jobs. MCC's Cultural Facilities Fund, Adams Arts Program, and Local Cultural Councils (LCC) fund projects that create jobs and income, revitalize downtowns, draw visitors, and promote community building.
Over the past 10 years the Adams Arts program has invested $7.4 million in 79 economic development efforts involving more than 650 organizations in such cities as Worcester, Pittsfield, and New Bedford. And the LCC program which serves all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns annually awards grants that support school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film.

 Check here for the latest MCC news.

Artist:  Superchunk
Song: Blinders (fast vers. Crossed Wires 7")