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Dismantling the Latest Legal Delays in the Fight for Cape Wind
by Jerry Elmer

The new year has brought more of the same when it comes to the decade-long battle over the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project proposed to be built in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. While Europe continues to leap forward with deployment of offshore wind – tapping into this resource’s unparalleled capacity to…

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Boston Community Process for Urban Agriculture Rezoning Underway
by Evan Coleman

Since I last checked in, the comment period for Article 89 in Boston began and is now well underway. Article 89 is a proposed new section of the Boston zoning code that encourages and creates opportunities for commercial urban agriculture citywide. This is an important first step to expanding urban agriculture, and CLF is excited about…

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Community Process for Urban Agriculture Rezoning in Boston Begins
by Evan Coleman

Urban agriculture is taking off in Boston, from neighborhood gardens and markets to City Hall. Since January 2012, staff from Boston Mayor Menino’s office, along with a number of farming advocates, urban agriculture experts, and neighborhood representatives have met monthly to draft a new section of the Boston Zoning Code, Article 89.  Article 89 addresses…

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Air Quality Alerts; What You Can Do About Them
by Caitlin Peale Sloan

The heat is here! Even though it’s technically still spring until late June, it feels as though summer has already come to stay in southern New England. While we New Englanders pride ourselves on being able to handle all kinds of weather, the health risks posed by poor air quality shouldn’t be ignored. On a…

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Tool to Crack Massachusetts’s Transportation Budget Nut
by Rafael Mares

On April 13, the Massachusetts Senate voted in favor of a $600 million per year transportation funding plan. But can that plan fund all of the challenges facing the Bay State’s transportation system? It’s a question many are asking, and few have the tools to answer. That’s why we built the Transportation Budget Calculator. Follow…

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Under the Hood of the MA Transportation System: How have bike and pedestrian infrastructure suffered from underfunding?
by Christine Chilingerian

As an avid cyclist, it is pretty clear to me that Massachusetts is not realizing its true “bikeability” potential. The desire is palpable. The funding, however, remains remote. Every time I ride along the Minuteman Trail through Arlington, the Shining Sea Trail to Woods Hole, along the Charles, or on the Cape Cod Rail Trail…

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Massachusetts Fosters Electric Vehicles with New Municipal Program
by Jenny Rushlow

Today the Patrick Administration took an important step toward meaningful deployment of electric vehicles (EVs) in Massachusetts. Building on momentum from the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Roundtable that CLF co-hosted with the Administration in March, the Patrick Administration launched a new incentive program yesterday: the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program for Municipalities. The Administration announced this new program…

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When Comparing Transportation Finance Plans, Know Your Fruit
by Rafael Mares

At a time when our legislators are facing critical decisions on transportation financing, their ability to properly assess the plans on the table is being hampered by confusion about the different plans’ price tags and where the money is going to come from. Factions are forming around inaccurate characterizations of the different transportation plans, so…