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Home | County Health Rankings Facebook Application

Home | County Health Rankings Facebook Application | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The County Health Rankings...
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Baltimore County:  12th out of 24 counties in MD for health factors (influences on health such as education, access to healthy foods and a safe place to live) and 14th out of 24 counties in MD for health outcomes (e.g. how long people live, how healthy they feel).  Not stellar outcomes! See where your county ranks.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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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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Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces.  At the same time, kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens instead of outside.  A 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that young people now devote an average of more than seven hours a day to electronic media use, or about 53 hours a week – more than a full time job.

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Nature Conservancy Magazine - Finding Subirdia

Nature Conservancy Magazine - Finding Subirdia | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Have you noticed all of the birds that live in your own backyard? Ten ways to be a good neighbor.
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"Wild reserves provide shelter for unique birds not found in the city, and they are absolutely essential. But the greatest variety of birds is often found in the suburbs."  - See more at: http://magazine.nature.org/features/finding-subirdia.xml#sthash.WSPchZ9P.dpuf

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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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When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets

When the Sidewalks Were Wider Than the Streets | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Compare footage of New York's 23rd Street, shot by Thomas Edison in 1901, to today.
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Americans Are Driving Less, But Road Expansion Is Accelerating | Streetsblog USA

Americans Are Driving Less, But Road Expansion Is Accelerating | Streetsblog USA | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Americans drive fewer miles today than in 2005, but since that time the nation has built 317,000 lane-miles of new roads — or about 40,000 miles per year. Maybe that helps explain why America’s infrastructure is falling apart.

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