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People Pay More For Walkable Neighborhoods

People Pay More For Walkable Neighborhoods | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Walkable neighborhoods are appealing to many people, but auto-oriented suburban neighborhoods are also appealing to many people.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Towson residents speak minds about proposed Royal Farms, Starbucks

Towson residents speak minds about proposed Royal Farms, Starbucks | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Two meetings drew community members who wanted to voice their frustrations over proposed developments in Towson Monday evening.
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"Attendees heard from traffic, planning and legal experts invited by the organizers, as well as the elected officials and Beth Miller, a member of the Green Towson Alliance, who outlined objections to the project that included potential traffic congestion, pollution, and the threat of too much competition for surrounding gas stations. Miller is concerned that the proposed gas station doesn't fit into the idea, supported by her group, of a "walkable Towson," she said."

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COUNCILMAN KACH INTRODUCES BILL TO REGULATE COMMERCIAL ‘SOLAR FARMS’

COUNCILMAN KACH INTRODUCES BILL TO REGULATE COMMERCIAL ‘SOLAR FARMS’ | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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No one can blame the landowner for taking this attractive offer when the agricultural profits per acre may be less than the solar company’s payment per acre.  However, the net effect of this threatens the use of vital agricultural land for food production, endangers our water supply, and portends the end of the rural way of life for much of northern Baltimore County.

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Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier

Street Farm: Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Street Farm is the inspirational account of residents in the notorious Low Track in Vancouver, British Columbia—one of the worst urban slums in North America—who joined together to create an urban farm as a means of addressing the chronic
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Street Farm will inspire individuals and communities everywhere by providing a clear vision for combining innovative farming methods with concrete social goals, all of which aim to create healthier and more resilient communities.

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Tradepoint Atlantic - missing an opportunity?

Tradepoint Atlantic - missing an opportunity? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Good old Sparrows Point is now Tradepoint Atlantic, all 3,100 acres of it, except for a small sliver occupied by a shipyard that is stil
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Shouldn't a gigantic area of 3,100 acres allow a few hundred acres of public access in the shape of a promenade along the water (except at the shipyard and port area) and a habitat restoration project at the edge that can help mitigate continued pollution seeping out from groundwater and run-off and help clean the Bay?

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Green Towson Alliance, Goucher students take stock of Towson's trees

Green Towson Alliance, Goucher students take stock of Towson's trees | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An effort is underway to record information about trees in downtown Towson.
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Hats off to the great work being done to preserve the urban tree canopy by the Green Towson Alliance

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As Owings Mills Mall disappears, questions loom about what will take its place

As Owings Mills Mall disappears, questions loom about what will take its place | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
At the opening of the Owings Mills Mall in 1986, politicians celebrated it as the high-end centerpiece of the emerging, affluent suburb. Thirty years later, workers have encircled the mall with screened fences and are tearing it down.
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"Brown said he would rather see the former mall site become mix of single- and multifamily housing centered around Main Street-type shopping, with a park or pond as a neighborhood amenity."

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LA Green Grounds Digs in to Build Urban Farms and Strengthen Community

LA Green Grounds Digs in to Build Urban Farms and Strengthen Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

LA Green Grounds “Dig-in” in South Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of LA Green Grounds.
In Los Angeles, CA, community members involved in the urban farming and food justice movements are keenly aware of the food insecurity that is so preval
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LA Green Grounds, a volunteer organization that works with residents of South L.A. to convert their front lawns and parkways into edible landscapes and urban farms.

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Finding Sanctuary

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Moss Garden in Kyoto, Japan © J.G.Morrison
A review of Sanctuary: Global Oases of Innocence –a Dancing Star Foundation book by Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison, with a Foreword by the Queen of Bhutan, Her Majesty Ashi Dorji
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"... dedicated people of conviction can make all the difference in the world."

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A Royal Farms station as Towson's Gateway?

A Royal Farms station as Towson's Gateway? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
For all those who bemoan downtown Baltimore's sometimes decaying historic treasures a little trip to Towson is always useful: Here it isn'
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"... it is always sad when an opportunity to be as good as possible is squandered."

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A Playground That Teaches Kids to Love Their Bike

A Playground That Teaches Kids to Love Their Bike | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
New Seattle park gives cyclists nervous about hitting the streets a place to practice.
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Bike playgrounds have been popular in northern Europe for years, but are rare in the U.S.

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Owings Mills Mall property could make or break area's future, developers, county officials say - Baltimore Business Journal

Owings Mills Mall property could make or break area's future, developers, county officials say - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The concern is that if the mall site fails, Owings Mills will never reach its full potential and all of the work that's been done will be squelched.
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"But the mall is a drain on this area...now we have Foundry Row and Metro Centre and to have this vacant, ugly land there is just ridiculous."

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2977 flags as far as you can see in both directions ...

2977 flags as far as you can see in both directions ... | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

along Harford Rd. in Parkville - 1 for every person who perished on Sept. 11

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Wink Hastings

Ward “Wink” Hastings died entirely too soon at age 69 on August 7, 2016 in Baltimore, MD after battling pneumonia. Wink is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Chip and Susan Hastings, and nephew Chris Hastings and wife Cyndy in New Hampshire, his niece Jan Hastings and husband Chip Stiles in Maine, and his Aunt Betty Keller, cousins Burma Barnes and Lucinda Keller in Hawaii, 5 grand-nieces and nephews, a tremendous network of friends in the greater Baltimore area, and colleagues throughout the country. Born in Massachusetts in 1947, Wink spent his childhood in New England and moved to Uta
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Wink was instrumental to our effort to rank and map our conservation priorities. He was also a great friend. We will miss him a great deal.

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Towson residents speak out against planned Royal Farms

Towson residents speak out against planned Royal Farms | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Residents of the neighborhoods near the planned Towson Gateway – proposed by developer Caves Valley Partners for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue – said it will worsen traffic problems, bring environmental risks, and attract crime.
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Residents of the neighborhoods near the planned Towson Gateway – proposed by developer Caves Valley Partners for the corner of York Road and Bosley Avenue – said it will worsen traffic problems, bring environmental risks, and attract crime.

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Database helps plant 'right tree for the right place' - BBC News

Database helps plant 'right tree for the right place' - BBC News | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
German researchers compile a 400-species Citree database to encourage people to plant the "right tree for the right place" in urban areas.
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Dr Vogt added that she hoped that professionals, such as city planners and landscape architects, would use the database, adding "but we also think it will be of interest for homeowners if they have a garden and want to find out what sort of tree would be suitable".

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Urban Trees Can Save Lives By Reducing Air Pollution and Temperature

Urban Trees Can Save Lives By Reducing Air Pollution and Temperature | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Denver, CO / Arlington, VA (October 31, 2016) - A new study from The Nature Conservancy finds that an investment in tree planting of just US $4 per resident in
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A new study from The Nature Conservancy finds that an investment in tree planting of just US $4 per resident in some of the world’s largest cities could improve the health of tens of millions of people by reducing air pollution and cooling city streets.

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Without the open space waiver fee for this park, where would Historic East Towson be? | NeighborSpace of Baltimore County Inc., 11/07/16, 02:26:07 AM

Without the open space waiver fee for this park, where would Historic East Towson be? | NeighborSpace of Baltimore County Inc., 11/07/16, 02:26:07 AM | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:  A current law that disallows private dog parks and similar improvements in new communities to count toward meeting the open space requirement in a County where most existing communities have no open space should not be trumped by a new law that makes the situation for existing communities and their residents worse.  We urge you to consider the foregoing and to make your position on it known to your elected Council representative TODAY, as this matter is currently slated for a vote on Monday, Nov. 7.

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Kamenetz and Perry Hall community celebrate grand opening of Angel Park

County’s largest, most accessible playground for special needs children Angel Park officially opened today, welcoming kids of all ages and abilities to enjoy a safe, all-inclusive playground specifically designed to accommodate children with special needs by eliminating physical and social barriers to inclusion. This afternoon, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz led a passionate crowd of Angel Park volunteers, donors, Perry Hall recreation and community leaders and elected officials in a ceremonial ribbon-cutting. This unique playground and amphitheater, located next to the Perry Hall Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, was conceived and majority-funded by community members. Kamenetz presented official Baltimore County Hero pins to Kelli and Andy Szczybor, who were inspired to create Angel Park in memory of their son Ryan, who died as a baby. “When you lose a child, you are just looking for something to help them live on and to help your family to heal,” said Angel Park co-founder Kelli Szczybor. “I am amazed and tremendously impressed with what all of you have accomplished here,” Kamenetz told the Angel Park group. “You saw a need, came up with a very ambitious plan, and you got it done! The result is a remarkable gift to your community - a gift that will improve the quality of life in Perry Hall for generations to come.” Child-inspired design The playground design was developed with input from 4,500 pre-K through fifth graders from the Perry Hall area. The park includes a wheelchair-accessible “shaky bridge,” a Braille panel, therapeutic swings, 30-foot accessible zip lines, as well as quiet spaces for children with autism and other conditions. The storybook theme features a fire truck, pirate ship, castle, music stations, and a treehouse. Local elements include a seafood store, a Terps turtle, a Police station, an ice cream shop and more. Funding for Angel Park Angel Park is the result of three years of energetic fundraising, and hands-on work by thousands of volunteers from the Perry Hall Recreation Council and broader community. Funding for the park came from more than 200 donors at varying levels, sponsorships from corporations, local restaurants, and individuals as well as government grants. Baltimore County Government contributed a $250,000 grant from capital funds, as well as providing the land for the park and ongoing maintenance.  
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Baltimore County Government contributed a $250,000 grant from capital funds, as well as providing the land for the park and ongoing maintenance.  

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Preservation is better than demolition

Preservation is better than demolition | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
That Baltimore County is far behind the City on the insight that preservation of substantial old buildings is good business and ultimatel
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"It is time for the County to become a bit more imaginative than simply tearing down history."

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Stories: How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription (10-04-2016) - Abundant Community

Stories: How a Health Clinic Made a Local Grocery Store Part of Its Prescription (10-04-2016) - Abundant Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Joss and Barbosa led the side-by-side development of a new Brockton Neighborhood Health Center (BNHC) and a new Vicente’s Tropical Supermarket. Opened in 2015, they are connected both physically and programmatically by a shared purpose: to help people eat better.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, October 16, 2016 8:54 PM
Health clinic makes a store a prescription?
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Hearing on historic designation for Presbyterian Home delayed at owner's request

Hearing on historic designation for Presbyterian Home delayed at owner's request | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A hearing regarding a former Towson nursing home's status as a historic landmark has been delayed from Oct. 13 at the request of the property's owner.
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Some neighbors have said they use the property and its large lawn as an unofficial neighborhood park, and that the mid-19th century building was a factor when they purchased homes in the area.

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Bay Journal - Article: As foreign plants spread, you can’t see the forest for the weeds

Bay Journal - Article: As foreign plants spread, you can’t see the forest for the weeds | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Laurie Taylor-Mitchell (a NeighborSpace board member), who revived the weed warrior program in 2015, is leading Cromwell Valley’s volunteer struggle to manage invasives there. On a recent stroll through the park, she pointed to one infestation after another.

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Tree Cover Contributes To Increased Property Values

Tree Cover Contributes To Increased Property Values | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
By Shyamani D. Siriwardena, Kevin Boyle, Thomas P. Holmes and P. Eric Wiseman Blacksburg, VA (September 28, 2016) - Urban forestry experts have long suggeste
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"When people think about the value of their homes, they tend to focus on the man-made amenities  ... it is important for people to consider the significant financial contribution that trees can make to the largest asset they own. And there are so many other benefits that come with those trees, such as clean air, cool surroundings, and watchable wildlife."

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Developer's $5,000 will pay for new trees in Towson neighborhood

Developer's $5,000 will pay for new trees in Towson neighborhood | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As part of a planned unit development agreement Towson Manor Village will get 40 new trees, paid for by the developer of Towson Mews.
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Happy to have had the opportunity to work with Councilman Marks and Towson Manor Village to make this project happen.

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Combining Density With Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future

Combining Density With Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What can we learn from cities around the world about how to pack people into small spaces while still keeping quality of life high?
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Many of the best attempts at increasing density take into account the growing need to overcome lack of green space, leading to a global surge in futuristic "vertical parks."

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