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.”
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.”
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.
"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."
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."
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.
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.
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.