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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Understanding mistakes of the past can help guide U.S. transportation policy in the future.
Among the 9 Reasons: Walking and cycling. Only a few U.S. cities, such as Davis, California, have a tradition of implementing pedestrian and bicyclist amenities since the 1970s. By contrast, many European cities, led by Muenster, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen, have implemented entire networks of bike lanes, separated cycle tracks, off-street bicycle paths, and traffic calmed neighborhood streets — allowing easy travel by bicycle between any origin and destination in a city or region. European cities also have a longer history of providing networks of sidewalks, crosswalks, and car free zones in city centers. Additionally, European traffic laws protect pedestrians and cyclists, often putting the responsibility for a crash on the driver, while U.S. traffic laws, police, and court juries often fail to prosecute or punish drivers who kill pedestrians or cyclists.
The folks who have brought us the wonderful app Walk Score and who also generate “transit scores” for neighborhoods and cities have just issued new rankings of the best cities in the US for taking public transportation. In particular,...
Environmentalists are slamming a new draft Chesapeake Bay restoration agreement for failing to address toxic pollution or even mention climate change as a complicating factor in the three-decade effort to revive the ailing estuary.
The proposed plan helps to guide land conservation and the development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years, aiming to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoymentand stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.
The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and upon final approval by the National Park Service, qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
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...
The evidence behind the trend toward more walkable suburbs
Changing demographics and preferences, along with changes in where business choose to locate, are two trends that are creating new market opportunities for infill development. However, infill development can present barriers that discourage developers. Our new report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development, discusses how these barriers are often surmountable and are beginning to diminish as infill development becomes more common. Lower infrastructure costs, combined with higher rent and sales prices, can help make infill projects profitable for developers, and also support neighborhoods that are better for the environment and improve quality of life.
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...
"the growth in demand for new housing over the next 30 years will consist primarily of demand for smaller homes on smaller lots, a reversal of the type of demand that fueled sprawl in the late 20th century."