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Parks Elevate Office Rents

Parks Elevate Office Rents | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Office buildings located directly across from five city parks command rents on average 44% higher than comparable nearby properties, according to a new report found.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Confronting Suburban Poverty

Confronting Suburban Poverty | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Attending a great seminar today by Elizabeth Kneebone on the rise of suburban poverty including in Baltimore County.
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Great website on the topic
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Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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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.

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Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags

Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore's City Council moved to ban plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and big-box retailers Monday after dumping a proposal to charge a 5-cent fee for the bags to discourage their use.
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"The proposed ban would make Baltimore one of the first East Coast cities to outlaw plastic bags — decried for littering Baltimore's waterways. But it faces many obstacles before becoming law."

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New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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Proud to be the president-elect of the Maryland ASLA chapter.

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Opponents of Aylesbury apartment proposal want to wait for Kach

Opponents of Aylesbury apartment proposal want to wait for Kach | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Hardly in Suburbia Today

Hardly in Suburbia Today | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Happy Halloween from NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
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Proposed White Marsh outlet mall gets OK

Proposed White Marsh outlet mall gets OK | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A Baltimore County administrative judge has approved a proposed outlet mall in White Marsh that's drawn opposition from neighbors and rival retailers.
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"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 ..."

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Here's how much the new Sparrows Point owner paid for the site - Baltimore Business Journal

Here's how much the new Sparrows Point owner paid for the site - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Redwood Capital is going to have to invest a lot more than that to redevelop the 3,100-acre site.
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"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 ..."

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Trailer Parks: An Underdog Solution to the Housing Crisis

Trailer Parks: An Underdog Solution to the Housing Crisis | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"“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.”  

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National Workshop |

National Workshop | | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Made a lot of great contacts this week as a presenter with the Park Service at the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation, a topic which includes large non continuous landscapes like the area within the urdl. See http://www.neighborspacebaltimorecounty.org/Large%20Landscape%20Conference%202014-wink.pptx
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Project for Public Spaces | A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About

Project for Public Spaces | A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The pedestrian safety crisis: “It’s like an airplane falling out of the sky every other day. If that actually happened, the whole system would be ground to a halt until the problem was fixed,” notes Scott Bricker, Executive Director of America Walks, a coalition of walking advocacy groups. “We need to address this terrible problem with the same urgency.”

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Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County | DNR News

Maryland Adds 52 Acres to Rural Legacy Area in Baltimore County | DNR News | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The newly preserved 52-acre Stark Easement protects the beautiful views along 1,700 feet of Hicks Road and along 750 feet of the Torrey C. Brown Rail Trail, which transects the property. The easement will also work to protect water quality via a 100-foot thick wooded buffer along 2,300 linear feet of Little Gunpowder Falls and its tributaries.

With the addition of this easement, 42 percent of the 13,819-acre Gunpowder Rural Legacy Area is currently protected. 

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Interior Secretary Jewell pushes for Congress to take action on stalled conservation bills

Interior Secretary Jewell pushes for Congress to take action on stalled conservation bills | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"There are dozens of bills in Congress, and they need to be passed — dozens of bipartisan bills, bills with wide support, broad support — but no one has the courage to pass them," she said. "We need to encourage this Congress to get on with it and to move forward."

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What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain

What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Looking at buildings designed for contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive, measurable effects on your mental state.
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"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.”"

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Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices

Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America

Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Plant trees for a better democracy

Plant trees for a better democracy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Whole Foods to open Towson Row store

Whole Foods to open Towson Row store | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
It will be the organic grocer's first Baltimore County location.
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"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."



Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/11/05/whole-foods-to-open-towson-row-store/#ixzz3IOoDOFAP

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Project for Public Spaces | How to Restore Walking as a Way of Life

Project for Public Spaces | How to Restore Walking as a Way of Life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone"

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New Sparrows Point owner discusses redevelopment for former mill site - Baltimore Business Journal

New Sparrows Point owner discusses redevelopment for former mill site - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
It's the first time the new owner has spoken publicly about the site.
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"You've said you've heard a lot of interest from potential tenants at the site. Have you seen any themes emerge indicating how the Sparrows Point land could be used?

What's striking is how wide the variety is. Some is manufacturing and some is distribution."

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Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Compact and connected communities improve public health, says new research | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
   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,...
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"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."

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Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland

Transportation Options Underserving Residents in Towson, Maryland | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Towson, Maryland is an urban-adjacent town just north of Baltimore City, with a mix of young families, retirees, and young professionals and a growing population of college students. As of 2014, To...
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Our Highways’ Toll on Wildlife - NYTimes.com

Our Highways’ Toll on Wildlife - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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For 21 species listed by federal authorities as threatened or endangered — including the Canada lynx, the red wolf, the Florida panther, the crested caracara and Florida scrub-jay — road death is a major threat to survival.
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Three-year construction project begins on I-695 in Balto. Co.

Three-year construction project begins on I-695 in Balto. Co. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Construction to widen and resurface lanes and redesign exit patterns along a 1-mile stretch of Interstate 695 in Baltimore County began this week and is expected to continue through the summer of 2017, according to the State Highway Administration.
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The work will get rid of the cloverleaf exit pattern from eastbound I-695 onto southbound Harford Road; replace the existing Old Harford Road bridge over I-695; improve medians and traffic signals on Harford Road; introduce new water management systems and lighting; and provide for reforestation in the area.

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There's still no plan for the Owings Mills Mall, but Kimco isn't selling - Baltimore Business Journal

There's still no plan for the Owings Mills Mall, but Kimco isn't selling - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Redevelopment has been stalled by Foundry Row.
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"Kimco Realty Corp. sees the half-vacant Owings Mills Mall as a long-term investment that will eventually get redeveloped and it has no plans to put the mall on the market."

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