Action Areas x Policy Recommendations

The purpose of MetroCommon 2050 is to create a shared vision for what the residents and workers of Metro Boston want our region to be in the future and then provide a path to achieving that vision, informed by data and the lived experiences of our region’s residents. Achieving these goals will require focused efforts to enact change in five, interrelated topics, which we call "Action Areas". Some recommendations will help us reach multiple goals. 

The Action Areas in MetroCommon are:

The Action Areas describe the problems we are facing and provide the context for where the recommendations seek to make change. Each Action Area includes a brief narrative that describes our understanding of the systems shaping these issues, our shared vision for the future, how it came to be this way, major challenges for reform, and where we think interventions can be successfully applied.

We would appreciate your feedback on these drafts. As you consider these drafts, please keep these questions in mind: Do you agree or disagree with our understanding of the forces shaping these topics? Is there anything missing? How can we strengthen our action areas, especially to make them more inclusive? Please email Eric Hove at with feedback.

What was the process for determining the content within them?

The Action Areas were informed by MAPC’s understanding of key issues facing the region, combined with years of public engagement that asked questions like: what future do you want to see for Greater Boston and what is preventing us from getting there? What are the key challenges and opportunities our region is facing? Where should we, collectively, focus to generate meaningful change? The narratives were honed with the help of MAPC staff, the MetroCommon 2050 Community Engagement Advisory Committee, the MetroCommon 2050 External Advisory Committee, and hundreds of participants from action area workshops spanning the summer and fall of 2020.

Policy Recommendations

The MetroCommon 2050 policy recommendations are composed of a series of strategies and actions. Strategies ask the question, “how do we achieve the goals set out in each recommendation?” Actions, which identify a specific actor, ask, “what policy do we need to change/pass/enact/fund in order to implement our strategy?” Actors could be municipal officials, legislators, the Administration, advocates, and other interested parties, who have the opportunity to advance policies that help us achieve a more equitable and sustainable region. Importantly, unlike other components of the plan, these recommendations were intended to be implemented on a 2030 timeline.

The policy recommendations were developed through research and conversations with policy experts and advocates. To refine and strengthen our recommendations, MAPC held focus groups and working sessions with people who would be most impacted by the ideas presented. The final version of the policy recommendations will include more detailed narrative description. Some of the strategies and actions across different recommendations mutually reinforce one another, using complementary approaches to address common challenges. Taken together, the policy recommendations are intended to serve as a roadmap to achieving our goals through the lens of the plan’s values.

Before the MetroCommon2050 plan is final, please tell us what you think. Take the MetroCommon2050 policies survey to share your thoughts on how we can reach our goals for the future.

Equity of Wealth and Health

Climate Mitigation and Resiliency

Homes for All

Inclusive Growth and Mobility

Dynamic and Representative Government