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State says three counties flouting septic growth law

State says three counties flouting septic growth law | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Three Maryland counties have essentially violated the state's new law aimed at limiting growth on septic systems, a top O'Malley administration aide said Wednesday, adding that state officials are "weighing our options," including possible legal...
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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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City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure | Sustainable Cities Collective

City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
We’re launching a new series of blog posts based on City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report by The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence. (City parks clean water report cover)
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Clean water saving?
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Conservation communities grow in popularity

Conservation communities grow in popularity | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Unlike traditional suburbs, conservation communities don’t pave paradise to add amenities like golf courses. Instead, they promote healthy living, close-knit neighborhoods and environmental responsibility by installing farms, ponds and walking trails that may loop through nature areas to nearby shops and restaurants. Homes are strategically positioned to preserve prairies, pastures, forests and — in the case of Rancho Mission Viejo — a ranch that is part of Calif
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Agri-hoods - preserving land, providing heatlhy foods, and creating community

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Global study finds neighborhood design helps put best foot forward for health: Results show people in activity-friendly neighborhoods get up to 90 more minutes of exercise weekly

More walkable neighborhoods, parks and public transit could all reduce your chance of becoming one of the 600 million adults who battle obesity worldwide. The study found a neighborhood's design plays a critical role in physical activity and could help reduce non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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The study found a neighborhood's design plays a critical role in physical activity and could help reduce non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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Benchmarks: Places on the move measure up

Benchmarks: Places on the move measure up | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
“Suburban zoning replaced Jane Jacobs’ ‘public characters’ with national retailers in strip centers and malls.”
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“Suburban zoning replaced Jane Jacobs’ ‘public characters’ with national retailers in strip centers and malls.”

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The Ethics of Building Great Communities - Project for Public Spaces

The Ethics of Building Great Communities - Project for Public Spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Calling all architects, planners, designers, developers, city agencies, activists, neighbors, and politicians … All of us are involved in shaping cities, places, and communities. Whether the project we are working on is a private development or a public open space, it is important that we strive to accommodate human activity by developing tangible elements (such [...]
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Good list of considerations, but leaves out the important role of landscape architecture and its sustainable sites initiative - that's a very big oversight, in my humble opinion.

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The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won

The Bike Wars Are Over, and the Bikes Won | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When you push the status quo, it pushes back, hard. Everyone likes to watch a good fight. And the battle over bike lanes most surely was a street fight: politically bloody and ripped from the tabloids. Call me biased, call me crazy — many people have — but I’ll tell you this: The bikes, and all New Yorkers, won.
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"When you push the status quo, it pushes back, hard. Everyone likes to watch a good fight. And the battle over bike lanes most surely was a street fight: politically bloody and ripped from the tabloids. Call me biased, call me crazy — many people have — but I’ll tell you this: The bikes, and all New Yorkers, won."

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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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Maryland and bees.
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Where the Poor Live Longer: How Your Area Compares

Where the Poor Live Longer: How Your Area Compares | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Explore life expectancy in your area.
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"In Baltimore City, the poor will die about 8 years before the rich. That’s roughly equivalent to the difference in life expectancy between an average man in the United States and one in Liberia. It is about 1.5 years more than the gap for the United States as a whole."

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Poet Uses Sad Mall for Dark Poem, Wins Prize

Poet Uses Sad Mall for Dark Poem, Wins Prize | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A writer in Syracuse has an extra $7,000 thanks to combining the darkness of his local mall and personal life.
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"You will constantly disappoint yourself and those you love. Just like the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York, you will succumb to physical decay and shifts in the marketplace. Celebrate spring with new scents from Yankee Candle!* (Coupon no longer valid.*)"

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Moving from zoning’s alphabet soup to describing real places | PlanCharlotte.org | UNC Charlotte

Moving from zoning’s alphabet soup to describing real places | PlanCharlotte.org | UNC Charlotte | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Needed in Baltimore County - Place types, not use-based zoning - “Place Types” become the basic building blocks of urbanism. They describe different kinds of built or natural environments, cross-referenced with a menu of compatible uses, images, and specifics of sizes, areas, and densities. Together those simplified sets of information can take the place of old-fashioned zoning rules that deal primarily with uses and ensure parking places for cars but not necessarily good places for humans.

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Partners for Open Space » Partners for Open Space Thanks Governor & General Assembly

Partners for Open Space » Partners for Open Space Thanks Governor & General Assembly | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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NeighborSpace didn't have much of a dog in this fight given that POS does not help to fund our acquisitions, but the rest of the land trusts in the County do. Because of that we did what we could to support them in this effort and we are thrilled that they succeeded!

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Parks on the clock: why we believe in the 10-minute walk

Parks on the clock: why we believe in the 10-minute walk | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Even if you love getting outside, you know there's a big difference between a park down the street and one across town. If a trip to the park means waiting for the bus—or packing the family into the car and sitting in traffic—all those other options start to sound more appealing. But having green space in the neighborhood opens up possibilities: a quick jog before work, a picnic lunch break, or even sending older kids out to play on their own after school.

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How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home

How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Reclaimed wastelands, centuries-old green spaces, and creative waterways offer quick escapes.
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"This is the urban park of today. Unlike the neatly drawn public spaces of an earlier age, these parks are reclaimed from the discarded parcels of our cities: Stranded patches of woods, abandoned military bases and airports, storm-water systems, rail lines and bridges, places where scraps of land are pieced together like quilts or strung together like beads"

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