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A Tool for Raising Food Consciousness

A Tool for Raising Food Consciousness | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In the past decade we’ve seen somewhat of a resurgence in what one might term as our “food consciousness”.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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From gasoline in the groundwater to neighborhood park

From gasoline in the groundwater to neighborhood park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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That's how a recent Sun article described a new NeighborSpace park and something we want to celebrate on Sept. 21

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Court orders clean-up at Wizig properties

Court orders clean-up at Wizig properties | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge has ordered an absentee Baltimore landlord to clean up about 50 blighted properties within 90 days, the first ruling since a state law was amended two years ago...
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Walkable neighborhoods improve health, safety, and social life

Walkable neighborhoods improve health, safety, and social life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A meta-analysis published in Housing Policy Debate finds that extensive studies in recent years support positive claims.
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"A review of hundreds of articles and nearly 100 peer-reviewed study finds that compact, walkable neighborhoods "have been found to have significant, positive effects for urban dwellers, in terms of social interaction, health, and safety."

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Burger stand serves up root beer and nostalgia in Rosedale

Burger stand serves up root beer and nostalgia in Rosedale | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The roadside root beer stand's orange contours memorialize this venerated shrine to a different era.
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Stewart's Root Beer, an iconic part of the local landscape along U.S. 40 in Rosedale.

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Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City

Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute Map How Our Brains Navigate the City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The GSAPP’s Cloud Lab teams up with neurologists and the design institute to track how urban environments can make people relaxed or tense.

This spring, the Cloud Lab at Columbia University and the Van Alen Institute tackled the challenge of assessing and mapping how people respond to their environment as a part of Van Alen’s Elsewhere series on wellness in the city.

Instead of the typical focus groups, however, the researchers tracked brainwaves to gauge the mental activities of nearly 100 volunteers; using electroencephalography-based (EEG) measurements and the GPS tracking app, the research team collected more than 1 gigabyte of data over 200 walking sessions that, in theory, create a snapshot of a day-in-the-life of the neighborhood’s mental states. 

Presenting the data in a manner that retained its spatial qualities required the researchers to develop their own software for visualization. At a public follow-up presentation in May, the team presented the simplified data on a 3D map of DUMBO. Areas in cyan indicate places in which participants were in a more meditative and relaxed state, while areas in red indicate places where participants had a more focused or heightened sense of awareness...


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"Architects and planners could employ the technology during post-occupancy walkthroughs or preliminary design presentations."

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Baltimore and Technologies Utilization | Sustainable Cities Collective

Baltimore and Technologies Utilization | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
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"In 2013, Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office of IT (MOIT) and the former Greater Baltimore Technology Council (gb.tc) hosted Hack the Parks, an event which resulted in five tech and non-tech projects being awarded city grants. The projects resulting from Hack the Parks were intended to solve a range of maintenance and sustainability issues facing the city’s parks and recreation facilities, from mapping invasive vines in Leakin Park to planting native mushrooms as a way of preventing soil erosion in Druid Hill Park."

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conservation incentive tax bill

conservation incentive tax bill | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Typically these contributions are conservation easements, but a donation of an entire interest by the donor also qualifies" - an important criterion for NeighborSpace, since most of our donated land is in fee.
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BCHS | Program | Events

BCHS | Program | Events | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Baltimore's Suburbanization & Outward Growth: Explore how Baltimore’s suburbanization has impacted, and been effected by, changes in urban and suburban demographics, transportation, housing practices, city and county planning, and poverty and tax policies.

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2:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday, November 15, 2014 

Rockland Hall, Owings Mills Campus, Stevenson University 
1101 Owings Mills Boulevard, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

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First, Do No Harm to Pedestrians and Bicyclists

First, Do No Harm to Pedestrians and Bicyclists | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"Primum non nocere" (or "First, do no harm") is a fundamental principle of medical ethics. Despite the many and varied achievements of medical science (hand washing before moving on to a new patient, anesthesia and antibiotics), it is still taught to medical students as a reminder of the limits of their craft and the need…
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Here are the reflections of a “recovering” engineer:

“When people would tell me that they did not want a wider street, I would tell them that they had to have it for safety reasons .... In retrospect I understand that this was utter insanity."


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How Our Streets Can Make Us Healthier - Livability.com Best Places Blog – Livability.com Blog

I was struck by this quote in a new paper by Wesley E. Marshall et al. from the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Civil Engineering: “It might not be common for people to explicitly contemplate health when selecting a place to live.” At Livability, it’s one of the eight characteristics we measure for our…
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"While others have discussed the need to retrofit suburbia, the authors of this study also point to the opportunity to develop for the projected U.S. population growth by building areas that at least have a chance of helping people stay healthier. Better zoning would certainly help that goal. So would a conscious effort to think about how the place we live shapes the way we live."

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Interactive map: Greater Baltimore's wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes - Baltimore Business Journal

Interactive map: Greater Baltimore's wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Every year we take a look at the area’s wealthiest ZIP codes in the Baltimore Business Journal, and this year we decided we should also look at the poorest.
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"here is an interactive map of the 20 wealthiest and 20 poorest ZIP codes in Greater Baltimore. The green points on the map mark the wealthiest, and the blue points, the poorest. As you can see, the poorest are mostly concentrated in Baltimore itself, some even in the central business district. And the wealthiest lie in the counties, especially Howard."

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Towson seeks to put canines, and their walkers, on patrol against crime

Towson seeks to put canines, and their walkers, on patrol against crime | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Poet, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was training to be a drug-sniffing dog until he flunked his smell test. But his law enforcement career wasn't over.
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"Dog walkers are increasingly popular among neighborhood watch groups because they have a regular route and know when something looks odd ..."

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-canines-on-patrol-20140810,0,7216804.story#ixzz3AQhrLZTV

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Income Inequality in Physical Space: Exiling the Poor to the Back Door

As city and suburban real estate markets start to rebound, some look to banish the poor out of their sight.
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"“a number of developments have separate entrances ‘so the two social strata don’t have to meet.’” Good grief!

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Ridgely Manor Park set for grand opening Aug. 30

Ridgely Manor Park set for grand opening Aug. 30 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Once infamous for gasoline in its groundwater, a 2-acre site is generating excitement as a sorely needed neighborhood park.
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We are so proud of the partnership with Ridgely Manor, the vision and hard work of its new community association (led by Mandy Stepp, above), and the terrific support of the Hess Corporation that has led to this new park in Towson. It's a great new amenity in a place where our new conservation plan suggests it is desperately needed - read more: http://www.neighborspacebaltimorecounty.org/Release.RidgelyManor.2014-8-26.pdf

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Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths

Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Here’s 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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"Put Pedestrians First. “Every city should have a by-law of one sentence stating: “In this city, pedestrians come first,” declares Penalosa."

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After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance

After respite, Bay's 'dead zone' back with a vengeance | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
After shrinking for a while to its smallest size in 30 years, the Chesapeake Bay's "dead zone" has made a late-summer comeback, and that's not good for crabs, fish and oysters.
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports that the volume of bay water with too little oxygen in it for fish to breathe -- also known as the "dead zone" -- rebounded in early August to its 8th largest size.

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/features/green/blog/bal-bay-dead-zone-returns-20140825,0,6062765.story#ixzz3BVLO2Lu5

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Kamenetz calls for adoption of Sparrows Point plan

Kamenetz calls for adoption of Sparrows Point plan | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz wants the owners of the former steel mill site to agree to use the plan's recommendations.
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Townhouses proposed for former Seagram's site in Dundalk

Townhouses proposed for former Seagram's site in Dundalk | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A development group wants to build nearly 200 townhouses on the site of the former Seagram's distillery in Dundalk — a blighted collection of abandoned buildings where two people have died while trespassing and exploring.
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"The property is zoned for about 136 homes, but the developers are seeking county approval for a "planned unit development" — a designation that allows flexibility in zoning law if the project provides a community benefit. In this case, the developers say they will donate $100,000 toward recreational improvements in the Dundalk area, according to the application."

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/dundalk/bs-md-co-seagrams-townhomes-20140821,0,3434981.story#ixzz3B7yETumo

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Roadmap for a Successful Urban Farm: Cultivate Community Acceptance | Center for a Livable Future

Roadmap for a Successful Urban Farm: Cultivate Community Acceptance | Center for a Livable Future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Boone Street Farm: Before What do you see here? A vacant lot? Neighborhood blight? Unfulfilled ambitions? Or do you see untapped potential, a plot rich in
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What does it take to create a successful urban farm? The answer mirrors what it takes to create a successful NeighborSpace site: community buy-in. "Community buy-in refers to a particular community’s acceptance and support of a project. If a project goes forward without this endorsement, community members are unlikely to participate or be supportive and may feel antagonistic toward its presence. Just as a seedling requires proper soil conditions and maintenance to thrive, an urban farm requires a supportive social environment and ongoing engagement with the community."

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The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure...
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"For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to lower health care costs and less pollution and traffic ..."
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Sept 21 - Save the Date!

Sept 21 - Save the Date! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Please join us on Sept. 21

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Project for Public Spaces | What is Placemaking?

Project for Public Spaces | What is Placemaking? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"IT TAKES A PLACE TO CREATE A COMMUNITY, AND A COMMUNITY TO CREATE A PLACE"
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Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.
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Want to stay healthy, don't live on a cul de sac
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Searching For a Sense of Home

Searching For a Sense of Home | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Do Americans buy a sense of home from the store? How can we create meaningful, authentic connections to the places we live?
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When you're traveling, where do you say your are from and why?  

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DNR seeks to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder park

DNR seeks to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of...
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"Wilson said the landowners worked with the department on the public access provision. This involves extending the current 18 miles of trails in the Sweet Air section along the Sawmill Branch, a tributary of the Little Gunpowder River, for at least another half-mile of trails.

"It's a heavily used trail," Wilson said of the Sawmill Branch. "All the public trails in the park are very popular.""

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