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The toll of development

The toll of development | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Fells Point residents are raising questions about chromium contamination at Harbor Point, and Morrell Park residents are concerned about the impact of a proposed CSX rail facility on their neighborhood.
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"just four census tracts in South Baltimore beat out 90 percent of all other U.S. census tracts for the highest risk of respiratory disease, and they are in the 80th percentile for cancer risk. The area has some of the worst air quality in the nation."

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/bs-ed-environment-developers-20131024,0,3334467.story#ixzz2ixyDdkuE

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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Resident unearths forgotten historic site in Catonsville

Resident unearths forgotten historic site in Catonsville | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
If Joe Gochar, president of the Hilltop/Maple Community Association hadn't been curious about the origins of a stone mill tucked away on a dirt path near his Catonsville community 13 years ago, the land forgotten for 90 years may have gone unnoticed for 90 more.
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We are lucky, indeed, that Joe Gochar has a passion for this property and making it available to the public as open space.

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Switchboard: Kaid Benfield's Blog - blhopkinsesq@gmail.com - Gmail

Switchboard: Kaid Benfield's Blog - blhopkinsesq@gmail.com - Gmail | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Google's approach to email
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New "people's garden" to showcase sustainable gardening practices on the national mall in D.C.

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Finding the right path through design review

Finding the right path  through design review | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Municipalities—searching for ways to better shape development — must tailor their approach to the community’s size and professional resources.
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Foot Traffic Ahead | Smart Growth America

Foot Traffic Ahead | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"As economic engines, as talent attractors, and as highly productive real estate, these WalkUPs are a crucial component in building and sustaining a thriving urban economy. Cities with more WalkUPs are positioned for success, now and in the future.”

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County Launches Pedestrian Safety Program

County Launches Pedestrian Safety Program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
WBAL Radio 1090 AM - Last year, the number of people pedestrians killed crossing streets in Baltimore County rose to an all time high. Police say most of the incidents were the pedestrian's fault. That's why the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments have launched a new public safety campaign.
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"Last year, 22 people died after they were struck and killed by either a passing car or truck, while crossing the street in Baltimore County.

Fire Chief John Hohman tells WBAL News that in all but three of those incidents, the pedestrian was at fault."

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Authors declare 'The beginning of the end of sprawl'

Authors declare 'The beginning of the end of sprawl' | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A strong trend toward walkable urban places is turning around development in the 30 top US metro areas, according to a study by Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch.
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A strong trend toward walkable urban places marks "the beginning of the end of sprawl," according to Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, authors of Foot Traffic Ahead, a study of 30 top US metro areas.

"The end of sprawl is as significant as when historian Fredrick Jackson Turner proclaimed the 'closing of the frontier' in 1893," the authors note.

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Md. Nonprofits Spending $3.7M To Improve Stormwater Runoff - CBS Local

Md. Nonprofits Spending $3.7M To Improve Stormwater Runoff - CBS Local | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Md. Nonprofits Spending $3.7M To Improve Stormwater Runoff
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To slow urban stormwater runoff. Every time it rains, pollutants harmful to the Chesapeake wash off hard surfaces, feeding algae blooms that create dead zones in the bay.
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"Big stormwater projects will cost tens of millions of dollars, but community based small ones:

“Are really helping to show how little, smaller incremental things add up to bigger benefits,” said Shawn Garvin, Mid-Atlantic EPA administrator.

These grants focus on improving more than the environment."

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Census Bureau Report on Walking and Biking to Work since 2000

Census Bureau Report on Walking and Biking to Work since 2000

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Walking is down, biking is up - but percentages for both are very low!

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America split between two community ideals

America split between two community ideals | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A Pew Research Center nationwide survey showed that America is divided nearly down the middle between preference for walkable urban and drivable suburban living arrangements.
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The numbers are consistent with the 2013 survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), which found that about half of respondents prefer the walkable neighborhood, and about 45 percent the conventional suburb.

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Urban Gardening Is Making A Comeback And Here's Why You Should Be Getting Involved

Urban Gardening Is Making A Comeback And Here's Why You Should Be Getting Involved | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Are we experiencing a small-scale return to subsistence?
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 Finding joy and nutrition in gardening on small scraps of land-nice short video

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Bees, Mushrooms And Carrots... Coming To A Roof Near You!

Bees, Mushrooms And Carrots... Coming To A Roof Near You! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
NYC, one of the world’s largest cities has an iconic skyline of concrete, granite and steel, and you’d be hard pressed to find anything growing on the cold facade of the city, right? Wrong.
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Brooklyn Grange - the largest urban rooftop farm in the world
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Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together

Ped-bike advocates and urbanists: Get together | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A new benchmarking report on biking and walking reveals a big hole in this growing movement — many ped-bike advocates rarely talk to urbanists and vice-versa.
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Towson key to countywide commercial revitalization

Towson key to countywide commercial revitalization | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Robert E. Latshaw Jr. , chairman of the Baltimore County Economic Development Commission, said Towson is key to revitalization zones working in other parts of the county.
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Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them

Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The emerald ash borer is devastating trees from Minnesota to New York, and there is little scientists can do but study what effect the trees’ extinction will have on the ecosystem.
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Md - a state under federal quarantine on this issue

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Common concerns about design review

Common concerns about design review | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Design review is not without its dangers. Here are some of the problems to be avoided:
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More on charting a path forward

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Abell Report: Cleaning Up Our Act: Baltimore's new stormwater fee

Abell-funded Report: Cleaning Up Our Act: Baltimore's new stormwater fee

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Anyone doubting that a stormwater fee is necessary should read this.  Here's an excerpt:


“Swimming in the harbor watershed area is not recommended. As with many urban waterways, contaminants may be present in the water that can cause illness. Symptoms could include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and headache. The risk of illness can be reduced by not swallowing any water."


Hats off to the Abell Foundation for funding this work.

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Conservation easement plan gains in House

Conservation easement plan gains in House | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Land Trust Alliance on Tuesday praised support that is gaining in the U.S. House for a bill that renews tax incentives for conserving land...
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Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC)

Smart Landscaping Tips To Help You Save Energy (INFOGRAPHIC) | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

There are number of other energy saving solutions, both solar and non-solar, that fall under the scope of home improvement projects, but sometimes, it’s the most down-to-earth strategies that can end up putting money back in your pocket.

Well-designed landscaping is one example of a potentially energy saving tactic for homeowners. By establishing a well-designed landscape that is suited to the regional climate and local weather conditions, homeowners can end up saving money on home energy costs, reducing the amount of water use, buffering their home from noise and air pollution, and staying more comfortable inside and out of the house. According to Energy.gov, a smart landscape design can reduce a home’s air conditioning costs by as much as 50%, planting windbreaks on three sides of a house can cut fuel consumption by 40%, and well-designed landscaping can pay for itself in less than 8 years.

Here’s a great infographic from Energy.gov that illustrates some energy saving landscaping tips...


Via Lauren Moss
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Suburbia's Silent Storm Water Crisis

Suburbia's Silent Storm Water Crisis | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
America's older suburbs may face an infrastructure crisis from the last place they expect -- aging storm water management systems. In a presentation at the annual LOCUS conference in Washington, D....
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I think we're facing it now.

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Why Public Places Are The Key To Transforming Our Communities

Why Public Places Are The Key To Transforming Our Communities | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Each day, numerous cities and neighborhoods across America continue to struggle as a result of economic instability, diminishing resources, unemployment, demographic shifts and political complexities.
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"By taking a people-centric approach to creating and revitalizing our public places – neighborhood parks, community markets and downtown squares- we have the potential to truly transform the hearts of our local communities."
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The Overlea Community Flower Pot Project is Underway! | Overlea, Maryland

The Overlea Community Flower Pot Project is Underway! | Overlea, Maryland | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Nice beautification project in Overlea!

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Six ways that thoughtful community planning can help fight climate change | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Six ways that thoughtful community planning can help fight climate change | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
   It is almost a tautology to declare that our future, and that of our children and their children, depends on how we shape our communities for the 21st century and beyond.  Here in the US, we’re going to be...
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"The degree of street connectivity is the single most important indicator of how much walking takes place within a neighborhood."

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Bike Lanes Really Do Increase Biking!

Bike Lanes Really Do Increase Biking! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Research shows.....
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Hard to believe, but cycling is safer than walking, according to this research.

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Community Reinvestment Act Is A Massive Market Opportunity

Community Reinvestment Act Is A Massive Market Opportunity | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Is lack of access to money the reason communities remain underdeveloped, or are there more systemic issues at work?
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it’s great that the federal government has recognized that inequality still plagues urban areas in significant ways and has provided the CRA as a way to counteract it. There is, however, limited room for a sweeping legislative measure to come in and clean up the mess. What is required is the collective work of community leaders, businesses, and financial institutions to build a network of support that fosters innovation, rewards good ideas, and creates collaborative working opportunities for businesses and people alike.

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We Love You Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

Fantastic clean at site of future trail
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We're one of many partners engaged in trying to build a leg of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail along the head of Bear Creek. Thank you John Long and CBCC for this amazing effort!
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