MetroCommon 2050

Greater Boston’s long-range regional plan
Led by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Shaping our region together

MetroCommon 2050 is Greater Boston’s regional land use and policy plan. It’s about ways the Boston region can become more equitable, more prosperous, and more sustainable. MetroCommon is built on goals – that is, what people have told us they want. It defines action areas that give today’s issues context, and that reveal systems that require intervention. It goes deeply into key topics, finding insight in the trends, patterns, and idiosyncrasies of the region: research. And it makes specific recommendations for policy changes that can get us to our goals.


MetroCommon 2050 seeks to connect the Greater Boston of today to a more just, sustainable, and prosperous future. To do this, we need to understand the conditions on the ground of our residents, workers, businesses, and ecosystems, and the trajectories along which they are moving. The MetroCommon research helps us to see some of the patterns and idiosyncrasies of the region, and to imagine possibilities for its future. It encompasses both in-depth reports and webtools.

How Do We Plan for An Uncertain Future?

The future is based on things both inside and outside of our control. We have the opportunity and responsibility to plan for an uncertain future. We examine three key uncertainties in MetroCommon 2050.

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About the Regional Plan

Greater Boston is home to a vibrant, diverse population. We’re a hub of innovation and tradition, of learning and culture, of sports, of history, of medicine. We also face big challenges. MetroCommon 2050 is a road map for meeting those challenges. And for launching the region into a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable future. It looks at how issues affect real people in the real world. It offers actionable policy recommendations and useful research and tools.