Getting the 22 municipalities involved to agree was not easy, but the outcome is revolutionary.
"It won’t surprise anyone to hear that Copenhagen, world famous for its bicycling culture, is up to something big with bikes. What’s less well known is how Copenhagen’s latest innovation happened. It’s a remarkable story of regional cooperation, forged by one big city and 21 of its smaller suburban neighbors, who came together around a common vision for moving commuters from using their cars to riding their bicycles."
"The last half-century of urban growth has provided a cautionary tale about the seduction of sprawl—a path of least resistance that generates quick profits but unsustainable development. Our ability to manage our ecological footprint and minimize our global impact will be tied inextricably to our ability to plan and construct more dense and efficient human settlements."
The rise of Downtown Summerlin forces a local architect to rethink just what “downtown” means—and how new definitions might change the face of the Valley
"... it’s reasonable to ask whether there can even be legitimate edge cities or “second cities” in the Valley. I believe the “edge city” would be not only possible here, but valuable. It’s become fashionable to dismiss the edge as, at best, a necessary evil for a housing-hungry population—an ecologically and culturally unhealthy blemish on the city. But while we can make it a priority to better manage future growth, today’s suburbs are not going away. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/11/19/downtown-summerlin-can-the-urban-dream-work-in-the-suburbs/#sthash.3MKXRna2.dpuf
Democratically controlled community land trusts remain the best way forward in today’s context, when government is reluctant to either finance public housing or dramatically expand rent regulations.” But perhaps cities should be looking for the right mixture of inclusionary zoning and community land trusts. Community land trusts (CLTs) are locally based non-profit corporations that acquire properties in their home territory through private donation or the use of government subsidies.
it’s easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures. We need green along with the gray, though in cities we need it to be designed to support rather than supplant urban function. ASLA is better than any other organization I know at showing how it’s done best.
Proud to be the president-elect of the Maryland ASLA chapter.
The Baltimore County Council will decide this month whether to advance plans for a new apartment complex in Timonium — a move sponsored by the departing councilman for the district but opposed by residents and the new councilman elected this week.
"The company has applied to have the project considered a planned-use development, a designation that must be approved by the County Council. The designation allows flexibility from some zoning rules in exchange for the developer providing a "community benefit." Fore Property would be required to restore a nearby stream and donate $35,000 to the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department."
A Baltimore County administrative judge has approved a proposed outlet mall in White Marsh that's drawn opposition from neighbors and rival retailers.
"Several residents testified during the administrative hearing, which stretched over eight days in the summer and fall. They raised concerns about traffic, flooding of White Marsh Run, stormwater runoff, crime, light pollution, school overcrowding and existing empty retail locations in the area ..."
Redwood Capital is going to have to invest a lot more than that to redevelop the 3,100-acre site.
"the $48 million figure the state used in writing its protective purchaser agreement "is the amount of financial assurance the state required." That is a different number than the $75 million estimate the Sparrows Point Partnership originally published regarding the anticipated costs of cleanup. "That doesn't mean the $48 million is what anyone expects the cleanup costs would necessarily be ..."
Factory-made homes are a cheap and energy-efficient way for lower-income Americans to become homeowners. And these days, units can be pretty spiffy.
"“The manufactured home is probably the most cost-effective way to provide quality affordable housing,” said Donna M. Blaze, the CEO of the Affordable Housing Alliance, which helped provide manufactured homes for Sandy refugees. “Most of our new units are light years ahead of the apartments for rent in today’s market.”
"Materials such as grass, leaves, and small brush are collected and taken to the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh for composting. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of organic matter that is being landfilled. In 2013 approximately 11,000 tons of yard materials from the County’s Yard Materials Recycling Collection Program were processed into compost."
"Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife" by John Marzluff ; Yale University Press (303 pages, $30)
"...the greatest bird diversity occurred not downtown, or even in forest reserves, but in outlying suburban neighborhoods "the jumbled collection of houses, allotments and gardens, derelict and vacant land, golf courses and other recreational sites, and by the cemeteries, schoolyards, highway and railway verges, business parks and shopping centres, situated amid the greenways that comprise suburbia..."
Looking at buildings designed for contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive, measurable effects on your mental state.
"The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through “architectural aesthetics” are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that “architectural design matters.”"
Sales of distressed properties in the Baltimore region continued to distort the area's real estate market in October, inflating overall sales but acting as a drag on home prices, according to the monthly report from the regional multiple listing service.
"the picture of Baltimore City and five surrounding counties appeared darker than it is because of the flat median sales prices due to distressed property sales."
As the dust settles on the 2014 mid-term election and the parties analyze why more Americans didn't come out to vote, it's time to recognize that political involvement does not come with an on/off switch. There are lessons to be learned from the example of thousands of citizens in Baltimore and around the country who participate in community-sponsored initiatives to plant trees.
"Statistically, the people who come out to plant trees are significantly more likely than the American population (or their fellow New Yorkers) to engage in other types of civic and political activities, such as: participating in a protest; signing a petition; attending a public, town, community board or school meeting; or engaging in political discussion on the Internet."
It will be the organic grocer's first Baltimore County location.
"Whole Foods, a natural goods and organic grocer, is the first announced tenant that will open as part of the $350 million mixed-use Towson Row project.
Towson Row is a 1 million-square-foot development at the southern gateway to downtown Towson being developed by Caves Valley Partners. This will be the first Whole Foods location to open in Baltimore County and will be about 45,000 square feet."
We know from exhaustive past research that walkable neighborhoods and cities reduce driving, associated emissions, and living costs. Three important academic studies published earlier this year demonstrate that they are good for our health, too. In particular, the research,...
"the research, which examines different aspects of compact, walkable, and mixed-use communities and compares those aspects to published government health data, finds that such neighborhoods and cities are strongly associated with reduced rates of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. The reason is close to a tautology: walkable environments encourage walking, which in turns facilitates good health."