"we do oppose projects that destroy or prevent the creation of quality spaces, and we challenge sweeping reforms that do not acknowledge or accommodate local contexts. There is no one human scale, but by engaging in a placemaking process, we can find the scale that works for every community.”
Two state legislators are filing bond bills to help Baltimore County defray the cost of purchasing a Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses satellite property that many Towson residents and community leaders say they want to see turned into a county park or recreational open space.
Turning the site into open space is important in "land-locked" Towson because, "To have another park and another place for parents to play with their kids doesn't come up every day," Brochin said.
Plus Auckland weighs train options to the airport, and more in our weekly New Starts.
The new bike highway, which utilizes abandoned railroad rights-of-way, differs from existing bike paths in that it is wide enough to allow bikes to travel at faster speeds in both directions. The new bike highway also features overtaking lanes and grade-separated crossings of most other roads. It is also lit and plowed of snow in the winter.
Developers in booming downtown Towson will pay greater fees when they can't include required green space in their projects under a plan approved by the Baltimore County Council Monday night..
Under the new plan, developers building in Towson's downtown who don't have enough open space will pay $2,000 to $3,800 per residential unit, depending on where they are located. Developers already in the approval process will pay a portion of the increased fees.
Maryland has one of the nation’s leading land preservation programs. From the mountains of Western Maryland to the beaches of Ocean City, every one of Maryland’s 24 counties boasts state and local parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, agricultural lands, and Rural Legacy Areas that were funded by Program Open Space. Program Open Space protects the places that make Maryland beautiful.
But this wildly successful and popular program has come under sustained attack. For years, elected officials have raided this dedicated state fund, breaking promises to save Maryland’s parks, forests, farms and historical sites for future generations and jeopardizing Maryland’s tourism industry.
Once land is developed, it’s gone forever.
State elected officials must stop raiding Program Open Space funds for other uses and honor the commitment to use the money as required to by law: to protect land for our children and grandchildren.
We call on Governor Hogan and legislative leaders to #StopRaiding Program Open Space. We must pass legislation to establish a special trust fund so that Program Open Space can keep protecting lands in Maryland. We can’t waste another moment - especially since Maryland's population is expected to grow by another 1 million people over the next 25 years.
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this wildly successful and popular program has come under sustained attack. For years, elected officials have raided this dedicated state fund, breaking promises to save Maryland’s parks, forests, farms and historical sites for future generations and jeopardizing Maryland’s tourism industry.
"If it was up to the Senate, we would be ready to sign the deal now," Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) told Politico, referring to a package making many expired and expiring tax cuts permanent — including our conservation incentive"
It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter. Now that it’s finally getting colder outside, it’s time to make sure your rain barrel is ready for the season. Preparing your barrel for winter, or winterizing it, is simple to do and will protect your barrel from damage.
Don’t risk having ice in your barrel! Water expands when it freezes, applying pressure that could crack the barrel or barrel parts.
A local bike shop and a national outdoor gear chain proudly and defiantly closed their doors on one of the year's busiest shopping days, gambling that consumers have grown weary of Black Friday and would embrace a new tradition involving hiking, biking and "civility."
We spent the day biking around the wildlife refuge in Chincoteague, VA - I'll take snow geese over crowds of people in a shopping mall any day of the week.
With fish kills estimated at 100,000 in Baltimore County's Middle River, environmental groups say it's a bad time to kill the "rain tax."
Elaine Lutz says with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says stormwater pollution is likely to be the cause of the fish kills. The fish include largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegills, crappies, chain pickerel, pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, killifish and Atlantic menhaden.
The success of Third Place Books, and its devoted patronage, suggests that for physical stores to succeed in an increasingly digital marketplace, they must combine convenience, quality, inspiration, and interaction. In other words, a business model that incorporates the values of place and community is win-win for the business itself and the people it serves.
The store’s current management system includes one entity to run day-to-day operations and another separate nonprofit to organize events. This second group adopted the name “Friends of Third Place Commons,” and despite its modest staffing and budget, the group helps put on over 1,000 events each year. Their funding comes from various sources including the shopping center’s landlord; member dues; farmers market tent fees; state, local, and philanthropic grants; and local government funding from the King County Culture Foundation.
If this December has felt exceptionally warm, you aren’t imagining it. Baltimore, like much of the United States, has been experiencing an unusually warm month and a fitting conclusion to what is shaping up to be the Earth’s warmest in over 1,400 years.
"Still, most experts are confident that the weather patterns we are currently experiencing are unlikely to permanently damage or kill native trees and shrubs. The worst outcome you are likely to experience is a decrease in flower production in 2016, though some native species may actually benefit from this weather pattern and have a better-than-average year."
The Green Line would overtake Broadway for 40 blocks, from Columbus Circle to Union Square.
“green public space is at a premium in the city, and proximity to it is perhaps the best single indicator of value in real estate. [The] Green Line proposes a new green recreational space that is totally integrated with the form of the city.”
The story of how the deal came together started long before that — in December 2009, with the failure of the last such summit meeting in Copenhagen.
"So what changed from Copenhagen to Paris? In short, three things: a fundamental change in the geopolitics of climate change; a shift in the perception of global warming from a distant warning to an immediate threat; and the art of French diplomacy during the event and in the months beforehand to soften the sharp elbows of negotiators and reduce the chances that major points of contention might kill a deal again."
After participating in the discussions at PWPB and the Markets Conference this fall, we believe that the concept of Place Capital is ideally-suited to guide the cooperation of so many individual movements that are looking for ways to work together to change the world for the better.
"Reform—of transportation, food systems, and so many aspects of the way we live—is no longer about adding bike lanes or buying veggies from a local farmer; the time has come to re-focus on large-scale culture change."
Towson's Patriot Plaza -— an underused park with a leaky fountain near the Baltimore County government office building — is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover, and officials are floating the idea of placing an outdoor ice rink there.
"the final design might include grassy plots, a paved area for events and a kids' play area."
The 606 trail lays out a blueprint, a plan, for how cities can piece together moving parts, across fiefdoms and agencies, and build something for all its residents. "Take note, Baltimore. If you build it, and if it is accessible, people will indeed come."
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