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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People US

NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People US | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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This workbook is intended as an outline and quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development of a park or trail.

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Choosing the Unwalkable Suburbs, or Settling for Them?

Choosing the Unwalkable Suburbs, or Settling for Them? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Suburban governments across the U.S. may be making it difficult for young families who want something different to find it.
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"If we believe that urban life confers value by its form, we believe that people and institutions grow stronger in closeness to people of many ages, styles, and incomes. Any zoning that assigns families, the poor, and seniors to sprawl makes the urban experience a perk for only the childless or the wealthy."

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Docs in the Park

Docs in the Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Attending the 2016 MD Land Trust Summit where Dr. Maria Brown reported on Docs in the Park, which seeks to partner physicians with local parks to promote healthy active living
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Where a Slice of Green Space Combats Stress

Where a Slice of Green Space Combats Stress | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"We don't distinguish between a park and a vacant lot."
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“People think access to nature might add opportunity for physical activity, might lower exposure to air pollution or increase opportunities for social interaction,” James says. And while all those things are contributing factors, their study found the strongest link in hownature decreases stress and improves mental health.

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Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson

Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson.
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Bay Journal - Article: Despite progress, region still lags in Bay cleanup efforts

Bay Journal - Article: Despite progress, region still lags in Bay cleanup efforts | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The majority of the shortfall stems from Pennsylvania, which is lagging badly. State officials — facing threats of action by the EPA — recently announced plans to “reboot” their Bay-related efforts. But other states are also falling behind in some areas, especially stormwater, where most are reporting increased runoff pollution.

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The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats

The Extraordinary Lives of Istanbul's Street Cats | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A new documentary follows some of the city’s famous felines as they navigate the ever-changing urban environment.
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“The more every bit of green space and soil in the city is flattened and paved over, the more inhospitable it becomes to cats,” Torun says. “And you’ve really started seeing a lot more people putting out food and water for street animals over the last five to ten years as summers have become hotter. There’s a bigger push to see that they’re OK.”

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Redesign of Towson's Patriot Plaza moves forward, likely without an ice rink

Redesign of Towson's Patriot Plaza moves forward, likely without an ice rink | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Towson's Patriot Plaza probably will not get an ice rink after all.
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The Baltimore County Council on Monday approved a contract to redesign the underused plaza, but officials said the renovated plaza won't include expensive details that were previously considered — one idea that might be nixed is a seasonal ice rink.

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Bay Journal - Article: If we are to survive, it’s more critical to grow up, not grow more

Bay Journal - Article: If we are to survive, it’s more critical to grow up, not grow more | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"It’s time to stop telling people we can grow our way to a restored Bay and planet, and to explain how prosperity and quality of life can exist separate from growth. Indeed, that’s the only way they will exist for most of us."

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New study: trail-oriented development improves public health and property values

New study: trail-oriented development improves public health and property values | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
If it matters, we tell you.
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Chesapeake blue crab population grows 35 percent; DNR predicts 'robust' season

Chesapeake blue crab population grows 35 percent; DNR predicts 'robust' season | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, an increase of more than a third over this time last year and one of the highest population counts of the past two decades.
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"We are in a much better place than we were," said Thomas Miller, director of the state's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. But he said the crab population isn't yet "up to consistent levels of abundance that will support a sustainable fishery into the long term."

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Video: 10 Parks That Changed America - Urban Land Magazine

PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago, the program identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America’s early settlers to the present day, ranging from the Squares of Savannah, Georgia, to the High Line of New York City.
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Don't miss this TONIGHT on PBS

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The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life

The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Considering the constant fatalities, rampant pollution, and exorbitant costs of ownership, there is no better word to characterize the car’s dominance than insane.
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I"f U.S. roads were a war zone, they would be the most dangerous battlefield the American military has ever encountered."

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112 Years Later: Baltimore’s Trail Network Vision Is Coming of Age

112 Years Later: Baltimore’s Trail Network Vision Is Coming of Age | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. of the Olmsted Brothers Firm painted a visionary picture for Baltimore in his comprehensive 1904 Report Upo
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These efforts can't stop at the boundary with Baltimore County!

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BGE Energy Saving Trees Program

BGE Energy Saving Trees Program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Two- to four-foot trees will be mailed directly from the Arbor Day Foundation nursery to your home with easy-to-follow instructions on how and where to plant.
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Two- to four-foot trees will be mailed directly from the Arbor Day Foundation nursery to your home with easy-to-follow instructions on how and where to plant.

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More Open Space, Walkability, and Multifamily Are Future of Suburbs - Urban Land Magazine

“Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.
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"So what makes a good suburb? “Desirable communities make it easy to get where you want to without a car,” said Niess. Biking and walking infrastructure “is the first amenity we put in new communities.”

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Bay Journal - Article: Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration

Bay Journal - Article: Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The Alliance uses the Woods in Your Backyard program as a tool for reaching out to owners of these 2- to 10-acre parcels and helping them to manage their woodlot and enhance their other natural areas.

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Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson

Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson.
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Volunteers work to revitalize historic Turner Station community

Volunteers work to revitalize historic Turner Station community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Nearly 300 volunteers worked on projects in the southeastern Baltimore County community as part of an annual "Rebuilding Day." Volunteer teams also worked on projects around the Woodbourne-McCabe community in Baltimore, and in cities across the country as part of a national effort by Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit group.
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"The more attention we give it, the better it will become once again," Kamenetz said.

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Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways | David Ferguson

Trees make our lives better in unquantifiable ways | David Ferguson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress. According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers.
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"Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress.According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers."

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Trail-Oriented Development: People-Oriented Design's Latest Phase - Urban Land Magazine

Trail-Oriented Development: People-Oriented Design's Latest Phase - Urban Land Magazine | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Real estate developers around the world are responding to increased consumer interest in cycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation by building projects adjacent to trails, bike paths, bike-sharing stations, and other infrastructure that supports human-powered mobility, according to
Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, a new ULI report.
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“trail-oriented development” leverages investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to offer car-free lifestyle and transportation choices to people seeking more physically active and environmentally sustainable modes of getting around.

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Bay Journal - Article: Be a good gardener – replace invasive plants with natives

Bay Journal - Article: Be a good gardener – replace invasive plants with natives | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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When invasive plants take over wetlands, forests or meadows, we lose the native plants and the habitats and animals that rely on these species for food and shelter decline.

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Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime

Another Reason to Love Urban Green Space: It Fights Crime | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A new body of evidence suggests that adding greenery in vacant or gray settings reduces criminal activity nearby.
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"This research gives cities reasons to reassess policies about cleaning and greening vacant lots, developing parks, or catching stormwater in green installations. Beyond the ecological and aesthetic benefits, these investments create a safer environment for the people who live nearby."

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Simulating the Impact of an Urban Farm Tax Credit Policy in a Low Income Urban Setting | HHPR

Simulating the Impact of an Urban Farm Tax Credit Policy in a Low Income Urban Setting | HHPR | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Study leads to passage of urban farm tax credit legislation to  incentivize the conversion of vacant lots into community farms, in order to improve low income urban food environments in Baltimore City.

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Bay Journal - Article: Maryland passes restriction on pesticide implicated in bee declines

Bay Journal - Article: Maryland passes restriction on pesticide implicated in bee declines | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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It’s unclear if Hogan will sign it — the Maryland Department of Agriculture opposes the measure. Nevertheless, the bill’s passage was hailed by environmentalists and Maryland beekeepers, who last year lost nearly 61 percent of their hives, about twice the national average.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, April 12, 12:47 PM
Maryland and bees.