The Regional Plan Association, a well-respected research and advocacy group, emerged Thursday with its fourth regional plan in a century, a 300-plus page document that could serve as the ultimate utopian wish list. The plan does a masterful job of outlining the region’s shortcomings — focusing primarily on transportation, the environment and affordability — and arriving at dozens of extensive prescriptions to solve them. The report embraces development, growth, density, public transit and shoreline protection — all key concepts for a region that too often fights its own best interests. And with a 25-year timeline, the RPA is relying on a long-term strategy.
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