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The Global Population in 2100

The Global Population in 2100 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Solving many of the world’s biggest environmental challenges may have just gotten more difficult.

The Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN recently released population data indicating the midline estimate - more than 10.8 billion by 2100 - is 800 million higher than the 2010 prediction.

Today’s rural-to-urban migration will continue in full force, with upwards of 84% of the planet living in cities at the close of the century (compared to 52 % today).

Of course population isn’t the only factor contributing to humans’ planetary impact. Consumption may be equally important when looking at the drivers of environmental change across the Earth. Nevertheless, population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...


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population will continue to be a major consideration as we work to address issues ranging from energy and food security to water availability, species loss, pollution, urban planning and more in the decades ahead...

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Aleasha Reed's curator insight, September 27, 2013 9:14 AM

By the year 2100 our global population is calculated to reach 10.8 billion. The United States is expected to grow another 150 million by this time. Our population right now is 313.9 million right now. Our big cities will continue to grow, and new ones will arise as the years pass.

M-Christine Lanne's curator insight, November 11, 2013 2:44 AM

La démographie, une donnée déterminante  pour l'évolution du climat et la pression sur les ressources naturelles. Nous finissons hélas par être trop nombreux sur terre pour ce qu'elle peut supporter au rythme actuel...

MissPatel's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:09 AM

A future to look forward to? Your potential future? Good, bad or ugly? 

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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Baltimore metro ranks 19th out of 50 metro areas on 2015 American Fitness Survey

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Fewer acres of parkland per capita, fewer dog parks per capita, &Lower park-related expenditures per capita lead to Baltimore-Towson-Columbia region being ranked 19th out 50 of the largest metros in 2015 American Fitness Survey

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Millennials Aren’t Happy About Their Housing Options – Next City

Millennials Aren’t Happy About Their Housing Options – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
New report measures how satisfied Americans are with their communities.
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"Americans of all income levels share many quality of life priorities: walkable neighborhoods, green space, and access to fresh food and public transit."

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Walk The Talk: An Interfaith Response To Polluted Runoff

Walk The Talk: An Interfaith Response To Polluted Runoff | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Forming faithful stewards, caring for sacred waters
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This FREE forum is designed for members of congregations to be inspired to restore our sacred waters.

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Community Land Trusts in the City

Community Land Trusts in the City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
One of the more interesting developments in Seattle's recent building boom has been the conversation among some residents of the Central District to attempt to organize in the face of displacement....
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"the joint relationship between the trust and the homeowner can help keep the property affordable for the long haul. Today’s affordable housing can become tomorrow’s unaffordable housing as soon as it’s sold. Homestead’s renewable 99-year leases keep the property affordable, theoretically in perpetuity."

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Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space | Community Architect

Reshaping Growth Centers with Open Space | Community Architect | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"In retrofitting suburban centers open space is the ace card. Requirements and fees are not there to repel or sink development but to make it more valuable in the long run. Only shortsighted developers would fight that."

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Upgrades Ahead for Water and Sewer System in Baltimore County

Upgrades Ahead for Water and Sewer System in Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Many pipes are 60 and 70 years old.
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"Sixty percent of the County’s water and sewer pipes are more than 50 years old, which is the average life span of a water and sewer pipe."

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Placemaking---What Exactly Does It Mean? | On the Commons

Placemaking---What Exactly Does It Mean? | On the Commons | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Embodying the commons principle that the places we live, work and play belong to us all, placemaking emphasizes that citizens must be involved in all aspects of shaping projects in their communities."

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Downtown Towson needs 'complete streets,' panel says

Downtown Towson needs 'complete streets,' panel says | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As downtown Towson grows, its transportation system needs to grow too, not just with a proposed circulator bus, but by making the area more walkable, bicycle-friendly and parking-friendly, a panel of experts told 40 people at a meeting Monday.
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New Census data: Americans are returning to the far-flung suburbs

New Census data: Americans are returning to the far-flung suburbs | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The rise and fall — and tentative rise again — of the "exurb."
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"The updated Census county population estimates released Thursday, though, show that the exurbs are now again growing faster than more urban places, according to Brookings Institution demographer William Frey."

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Opponents tell judge that redeveloping Dundalk gov't center would reduce open space

Opponents tell judge that redeveloping Dundalk gov't center would reduce open space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Dundalk residents began to make their case Thursday that turning the county's North Point Government Center into a commercial development will cause a loss of open space and is not in the community's best interest.
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"... while the county will retain some ball fields on the property, there will be a net loss of open space."

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Towson residents want developers to pay more for open space needs

Towson residents want developers to pay more for open space needs | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"We're not against developers, but we want open government and we want open space," West Towson resident Josh Glikin told members of the Planning Board during a public hearing Thursday night.
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NeighborSpace testified that the proposed fee policy fails to fully address the Council's request to address a much broader set of issues, incentivizes sprawl, perpetuates a lack of transparency in how fees are assessed, collected & used, and continues design standards that are burdensome, inflexible and antiquated.

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Reinventing the Suburbs-Towson, MD

Reinventing the Suburbs-Towson, MD | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"...suburban centers have to exhibit the features that a new generation of dwellers is looking for in the same way their center cities are trying to do it ... Great is the danger that in the end, not only will the various "rows" and squares" have similar names, but also use the same generic formulas which will make them indistinguishable from identical architectural tricks, chain stores and streetscaping. The reinvented suburban centers could easily become as much 'anywhere USA' as the suburban malls that preceded them."

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Automatic Cars and Suburban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective

Automatic Cars and Suburban Design | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Automated, technologically advanced, self-driving cars are coming, and boosters of drivable suburbia are hoping that the adoption of this mode of transportation will be a potent weapon against mass transit and cities. But what they mean for towns and suburbs isn’t quite so clear.
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"Probably the biggest change is the demise of the large parking lot. These huge slabs of asphalt dominate suburban commercial landscapes, often taking up 80 percent of commercial parcels. They dominate the streetscape, and arterial suburban roads are lined with them. Without personal vehicles to park, there’s no need for a parking lot. That land could be put to productive use."

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Gil Penalosa: Citizens Can’t Be Spectators in Urban Planning – Next City

Gil Penalosa: Citizens Can’t Be Spectators in Urban Planning – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The former Bogota, Colombia, parks chief makes the case for effective city activism.
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"Citizens can no longer be spectators, they must participate,” says Penalosa." (I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Penalosa at a ULI event in Detroit last summer.  It's hard to argue with him on this point).

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2015 Legislative Recap

2015 Legislative Recap | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Heading in to this year’s general assembly session, the environmental community was concerned that our parks, wildlife, open space, and waters might take a backseat to other issues.
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"A fourth stormwater bill (SB863), introduced by Senate President Mike Miller, passed. SB863 is a stronger bill that gives counties more flexibility and requires much stricter accountability through annual reporting. Learn more on the (SB863) bill."

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3 Charts That Explain How Car-Reliance Squeezes the Middle Class

3 Charts That Explain How Car-Reliance Squeezes the Middle Class | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
New data on transportation spending paints an alarming picture.
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"The data don't say why transportation is taking a disproportionate toll on middle-class wallets, but it's not hard to target a confluence of factors: sprawling development, city housing affordability, poor transit investment, and the result of them all, car-reliance."

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Baltimore County Md. News - Kamenetz Unveils $4 Million Funding Plan for New Towson Area Recreation and Open Space

Baltimore County Md. News - Kamenetz Unveils $4 Million Funding Plan for New Towson Area Recreation and Open Space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled an exciting public and private funding plan to provide $4 million of additional recreation and open space in the Towson area.
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Utilizing generous contributions from the Baltimore Ravens, Caves Valley Partners, the Towson Recreation Council and Towsontowne Recreation Council, the County will be able to fund two new turf fields. The County also intends to repurpose the existing concrete Patriot Plaza in front of the County Courts Building into an attractive passive park, complementing the renowned Historic Courthouse Gardens. Up to $800,000 in private funding would supplement $3.2 million of County funds, for a total of $4 million for improved open space needs.

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On East Coast, Baltimore stands out for affordability

On East Coast, Baltimore stands out for affordability | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Among big cities along the East Coast, Baltimore puts out an enticing "welcome" sign for first-time home buyers.
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"The new list includes neighborhoods in the city, as well as Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Harford counties"

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Former Sparrows Point mill owner fined for environmental violations during demolition

Former Sparrows Point mill owner fined for environmental violations during demolition | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The former owner of the Sparrows Point steel mill in Dundalk and its demolition contractor have been hit with more than $4 million in penalties for pollution violations that officials say occurred during the tear-down of old mill buildings.
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"The projects do not have to be completed on the steel mill property, said Jay Apperson, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment. Instead, they could include environmental remediation or conservation efforts elsewhere."

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Mapped: How hard it is to get across U.S. cities using only bike lanes

Mapped: How hard it is to get across U.S. cities using only bike lanes | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
We'd never build networks that look like this for cars.
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"We'd never build a street grid that looks like this and expect drivers to navigate the city through it. "

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Bay Journal - Article: Poll finds Marylanders confused over ‘rain tax’

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"When told that the so called “rain tax” had nothing to do with taxing the rain and was a charge to curb and treat polluted runoff, 46 percent of those respondents said they would support the fees, and only one-third insisted they would not."

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Suburban sprawl is stifling the US economy

A new study says sprawl costs the US economy $1 trillion each year.
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"...individuals and cities in the US pay $1 trillion to $1.1 trillion in additional infrastructure, public works, driving, and health costs as a result of these massive metro areas."

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As Towson grows, residents want developers to pay for parks, open space

As Towson grows, residents want developers to pay for parks, open space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As Towson booms with multimillion-dollar building projects and revitalization efforts in older areas, residents say something is missing: open space.
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"Matthew Bell, an architect and professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, said successful urban developments include a "sense of place" — and part of that is open spaces."

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101 York student housing project in Towson dealt setback

101 York student housing project in Towson dealt setback | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A developer seeking to build a high-rise apartment building for college students in the heart of Towson has been dealt a setback.
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"Once Schlachman obtains stormwater approval, Beverungen set several restrictions on the 101 York project, including requiring the developer to pay more than $1.3 million in fees toward open-space projects. DMS also must restrict the building's residents to Towson University students and cannot put a bar or tavern in the building's ground-floor retail space."

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Park and Street Design and Integration | Sustainable Cities Collective

Park and Street Design and Integration | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
We should be thinking, especially in small parks, about how streets and sidewalks can complement the park, or how connections feed into the park. Too frequently we focus our attention solely inside the boundaries of the park and forget the network of sidewalks, streets, and laneways that surround it.
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