CPA NEWS: 1-6-20
More than half have joined!
Twenty years after the Community Preservation Act became law, more than half the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts participate in this self-determined investment plan for open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing. The act has funded 10,700 units of affordable housing and preserved more than 30,000 acres of open space. It has prevented a working farm from being sold off for development in Wayland, saved historic Works Progress Administration-era murals at Gloucester City Hall, converted an abandoned parsonage into senior housing in tiny Goshen. And every initiative is voted upon by local residents and buoyed by matching funds from the state. You have to wonder what’s taking the other 175 cities and towns so long.