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Burb Trust Banter: What is this "Place" About?

Burb Trust Banter: What is this "Place" About? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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How I spent my weekend - and how 14 men from a local Mormon church helped my small land trust begin to make an overgrown suburban lot into a park for a community very short on open space.

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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Results of April 5th cleanup of Bread and Cheese Creek and updated event calendar - blhopkinsesq@gmail.com - Gmail

Sharing this great news from our friends at Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

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Come together locally for smarter growth

Come together locally for smarter growth | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Connecting competence to organized support is key to reversing the Sisyphean cycle of urban placemaking.
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"The systems and policies that created and support the single-use, automobile-oriented built environment run very deep, and they are implemented locally. If the zoning is changed in one location of one municipality, it does not change in tens of thousands of other locales. Even if complete streets policies are enacted at the state level, the actual thoroughfares are designed by engineers and transportation planners who have decades of education and experience geared toward automobile throughput. They follow a system of functional classification that still tends to produce wide arterial roads that are dangerous to people on foot or bicycle."
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Helping neighbors plan their own communities' future: a model for inclusive revitalization | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Helping neighbors plan their own communities' future: a model for inclusive revitalization | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Sustainable neighborhoods are the building blocks of sustainable cities.
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"Strengthening our existing communities before building new ones is critical to environmental recovery."
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Advice To The Builders Of The World... First, Plant A Tree!

Advice To The Builders Of The World... First, Plant A Tree! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Sitting in a hot hall awaiting the start of a conference last year, the Sri Lankan architect Ashley de Vos told me about the ‘gossip tree’ that is at the heart of traditional villages in the island. It’s an image that has echoes in many...
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"Imagine how different our towns and cities might be if every new development began with the planting of a gossip tree."
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Marylanders need to speak up for open space

Marylanders need to speak up for open space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When I have a hard time understanding government spending — the construction and tinkering that goes into, say, Maryland's multibillion-dollar annual budget — I just imagine the whole thing as a kitchen-table conversation with members of a household declaring and negotiating priorities. (Pardon the time-worn metaphor, but it works for me.)
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Hard to argue with this. This is a pressing problem for those working on land conservation outside the URDL in Baltimore County and for our County government, which relies on POS funding for parks and public recreational facilities.

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Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report

Use of Public Transit in U.S. Reaches Highest Level Since 1956, Advocates Report | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Crediting economic growth and better service, a trade group reported 10.65 billion passenger trips last year despite a drop in gasoline prices.
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A fundamental shift in how people are getting around

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Stumble on a bed in a public place, settle in for storytime

Stumble on a bed in a public place, settle in for storytime | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This innovative community art project plays on the nostalgia and intimacy of bedtime to bring people together in unexpected places.
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art as bedtime stories in public spaces
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Land Use & Environmental Compliance Advocacy News, Opinion, Science & Strategy

Land Use & Environmental Compliance Advocacy News, Opinion, Science & Strategy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Citizen successes and what works in ensuring land use and environmental laws are enforced to preserve quality of life.
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Please take a look at these excellent resources.
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Towson Named One of Most Exciting Suburbs in America

Towson Named One of Most Exciting Suburbs in America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A recent survey ranked the most exciting 140 suburbs across the country.
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intetersting
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Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  I and others have been tracking for some time a surging interest in walkable neighborhoods, in both reinvested downtowns and more pedestrian-friendly suburban developments.  Just last month I cited University of Utah Professor Arthur C. Nelson for the propositions...
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The evidence behind the trend toward more walkable suburbs

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Baltimore County Council Votes to Ban Smoking at Parks

Baltimore County Council Votes to Ban Smoking at Parks | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A bill that passed unanimously Tuesday restricts smoking at playgrounds and other county-owned areas.
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Hats off to our County Council for passing this bill, especially to sponsors Almond, Bevins, Marks and Quirk.

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The art of traffic calming

The art of traffic calming | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are so many factors that go in to making a city walkable. The factor that I find to be the most important, in pretty much all cases, is how safe the walkways are in terms of traffic.
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traffic calming as a means of improving walkability and the overall health of an area

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The End of Snow?

The End of Snow? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Nothing besides a national policy shift on how we create and consume energy will keep our mountains white.
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Daunting prospect on the eve of a big storm:  103 ski resorts in the NE U.S. may no longer be viable in 30 years because of warmer winters.

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The world’s cities are gobbling up land faster than they’re gaining people

The world’s cities are gobbling up land faster than they’re gaining people | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An unsustainable pattern, in 30 animations.
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This from my good friend Laurie Taylor-Mitchell: "as cities have grown bigger and the world has urbanized, densities have been steadily falling. As a result, cities require more urban land per person, meaning total growth in the city area is much greater than population growth.''

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Climate Signals, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com

Climate Signals, Growing Louder - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The damage will be particularly acute in coastal communities and in low-lying poor countries — like Bangladesh — that are least able to protect themselves."
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10 Things Planners Need To Know About Demographics And The Future Real Estate Market

10 Things Planners Need To Know About Demographics And The Future Real Estate Market | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Professor Arthur C.Nelson, of the University of Utah, has made a career out of studying the relationships between demographic and real estate market trends. He predicted the 2007 collapse of the housing market because of oversupply of key housing...
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Scary prospect that we need to get our arms around - "Seventy percent of new nonresidential space will be redevelopment on existing developed lots."
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The plan that made a drab suburb cool

The plan that made a drab suburb cool | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This video from urbanists Dover, Kohl & Partners offers instructions on the transformation of an inner suburb that was languishing.
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Small town hip

Small town hip | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Berlin, Maryland, was named the "coolest small town" in America by Budget Traveler Magazine. It's charm has been due to planning decisions in addition to historic main street.
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Spent Thanksgiving there last year.  This is cool place, indeed.

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Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations

Sparrows Point owners warned on environmental allegations | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
State environmental officials and the owners of the Sparrows Point peninsula are moving toward a settlement to correct alleged regulatory violations at the former steelmaking site.
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Correcting environmental violations at Sparrows Point looks to be quite a trial - a lot at stake for adjacent communities and waterways.

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Open Space falls short [Editorial]

Open Space falls short [Editorial] | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When it comes to preserving land and creating public parks, few government programs have succeeded like Maryland's Program Open Space. It has been one of the state's most effective weapons in the cause of protecting the environment and off-setting the worst effects of poorly-managed sprawl development in the cities, suburbs and rural areas.
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I believe it's true that before we stared raiding POS to balance the State's budget back in the 90's, the program conserved as much as was being developed on an annual basis.

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The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 | Smart Growth America

The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2013 | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Baltimore County among top complete streets policies in nation this yr
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Preserving Our Art Spaces

Preserving Our Art Spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Some of America's most interesting art isn't hanging in a museum.
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some of our country's most interesting art isn't happening in a museum
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How diverse textures and contrasts engage us with human settlement

How diverse textures and contrasts engage us with human settlement | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Some years ago, when our movement to replace sprawl with better cities and suburbs was relatively new, I had a big moment at NRDC. Unfortunately, it bombed.
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There really is quite a diversity of textures and contrasts in towns within the URDL, unlike some of the new urbanist developments referenced in this blog post from Kaid Benfield. In some areas, we really do have "good bones" upon which to build.

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Walmart Stores Go Small and Urban - PlannersWeb

Walmart Stores Go Small and Urban - PlannersWeb | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Whether you love them or loathe them, Walmart -- one of the most recognizable symbols of modern suburbia -- is going urban, as senior ULI analyst Edward McMahon explains.
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Hard to believe a smaller, somewhat more attractive Wallmart store forming the base of an apartment building. If you attended our breakfast last year, you will recognize the author as our speaker, Ed McMahon.

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These Futuristic Designs Make For Awesome Bicycle Infrastructure

These Futuristic Designs Make For Awesome Bicycle Infrastructure | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Anyone who bikes in a city knows that it can be frustrating and dangerous to share the road with cars, particularly when street design privileges drivers over cyclists. For this reason, designers and architects around the world have started to look...
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