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Pittsfield Aims to Make Lower-Income Neighborhoods Greener

Studies have shown that low-income neighborhoods are more concrete or "gray" than higher-income neighborhoods, which can have a deleterious effect on the health of residents, Senior Planner Allison Egan told the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission on Thursday.

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BRPC Supporting Measure to Create Comprehensive Health Districts

Laura Kittross, public health program manager for the commission, explained at Thursday's meeting of the Executive Commission that the bill if passed would accelerate the recommendations released last year after a two-year study of local and regional public health.

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BRPC Eliminates Community Assessment Increases

The Berkshire Regional Planning Commission accepted an amended budget Thursday with no increases to community assessments.

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Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

On Thursday, BRPC Executive Director Tom Matuszko told the agency's executive committee that one of its initiatives was able to quickly pivot to addressing the fallout from the novel coronavirus.

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BRPC Hopes to Gain Louder Voice for Rural Communities

The entity was created by the state Legislature to "enhance the economic vitality of rural communities" and put together a master plan. What the RPAC ultimately wants is a voice in the State House.

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Berkshire Regional Planning Tackles Rural Issues

Thomas Matuszko, executive director of BRPC, presented the board with an executive summary of the Rural Policy Plan put together by the state's Rural Policy Advisory Commission.

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North Adams Councilors Review Potential Eagle Street Designs

The presentation by Eammon Coughlin, senior transportation planner with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, reviewed three designs presented to the public over the summer and two modifications based feedback.

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Kennealy Points to Lack of Quality Housing as Economic Threat

And while there's still work needed in these areas, the adminstration is looking at what Kennealy is describing as a "major threat to the economy" statewide: Housing.

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