WASHINGTON, D.C. – America’s most important conservation program will vanish at the stroke of midnight tonight, putting some of the nation’s most treasured parks, forests, and other landscapes at risk
The program’s termination means critical conservation needs estimated at over $30 billion will go unmet for now, increasing development pressure on parts of Florida’s Everglades, Petrified National Forest in Arizona, and more.
While we marvel at Nasa’s discoveries, we destroy our irreplaceable natural resources – so we can buy pre-peeled bananas and smartphones for dogs
Human ingenuity is on abundant display at Nasa, which released those astounding images. But not when it comes to policy. Let the market decide: this is the way in which governments seek to resolve planetary destruction.
Attempts to increase the fees that Baltimore County developers pay for open-space projects have stalled again.
Marks said a more comprehensive approach addressing fees in all county zoning districts is a better strategy. Quirk said the county first needs a plan for what kind of open spaces are needed, not only traditional parks, but also walking paths, wooded areas and other community amenities.
Too often, we build communities where walking is unsafe. That discourages physical activity, and is contributing to an epidemic of pedestrian deaths across the country. This leaves Americans with no choices about how to get where they need to go.
"Every cloud has a silver lining," reads the sign in developer David Schlachman's conference room.
"The PUD process has been turned into a means for a developer to get what it and the county government want, which cannot be built under current zoning, over the objections of the impacted communities, so long as the developer and government agree on a menial payoff to entice communities to sit down and shut up. That is not how the PUD is supposed to work."
"Green space in cities shouldn't be considered an optional luxury," wrote Charles Montgomery in "Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design." He points to an "explosion of research into the benefits of nature," which could include this summer's robust data by researchers in Toronto showing that living on a city block with 10 or more trees on it has the same benefits as boosting your income by $10,000 or being seven years younger.
"We are people in need of nature. Urban nature — not vacation nature. Not the woods, not off the grid, just a simple blurring of the lines. Climbing vines that soften the sharp cubist edges of all these brick buildings going up in Metro Centre. Greenery that soothes, rejuvenates and amplifies."
Two neighborhoods recently created a “Green Benefit District.”
The neighborhoods known as Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill recently established the country’s first Green Benefit District (GBD). Through the program, property owners will pay a small assessment that will go toward maintaining and improving parks, plazas, gardens, sidewalks and more.
'Chances that this new overlay would make the new vibrant and attractive Towson that most want to see, any more likely are dim. Most importantly, they won't make the path there more transparent, predictable and enforceable.
Towson communities have been on high alert for some time. One can expect a lively hearing tonight.'
Racist housing policies and calculated segregation caused the once-flourishing suburb to become an icon of urban decay.
"Compton is emblematic of inner-ring suburbs, which developed next to central cities as primarily single-use, residential-only subdivisions. These suburbs lack strong business districts, limiting their commercial potential, and they contain aging housing stocks, which diminish their appeal to higher-income earners."
Opponents of a lack of green space or higher waiver fees in plans for Towson Row told a Baltimore County administrative law judge at a hearing Thursday that they were not there to try to scuttle the mixed-use development, which they like overall, but rather to draw attention to the need for more open space in the downtown core of Towson.
"It's 15 years old," Glikin said during the break. He and Ertel said $55,000 as an open space waiver fee for a project like Towson Row might have been acceptable at that time, when the economy was worse and the county was trying to spur development, but the money is inadequate now, when Towson's urban area is growing at a breakneck pace."
How a leafy sidewalk or a forest scene can make us feel richer, younger, and more focussed.
"Something deep within us responds to the three-dimensional geometry of nature, and that is where arguments of economic equivalence, however well intentioned, fall short. If someone offers you ten thousand dollars or ten trees, take the trees."
Floating garden launched in New York’s Gowanus Canal.
A new “floating island” was launched recently in the canal in an attempt to clean the water. Landscape architect and urban designer Diana Balmori calls the project “GrowOnUS,” and the island includes 19 plant species living in metal culvert pipes filled with plastic bottles.
A newly formed environmental group is bringing surrounding neighborhoods together to draw attention to the need for more trees and open space — and to have a say in Baltimore County's development approval and comprehensive rezoning process.
"There is this rapid urbanization taking place in downtown Towson and we thought we could lend a voice that was previously missing," said Jacobs, who is a greening volunteer in West Towson."
The Essex-Middle River Civic Council (EMRCC) welcomed Baltimore County Council chairwoman Cathy Bevins as its guest speaker during the EMRCC’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Along with informing her constituents on upcoming legislation, she made it clear she wanted to let the truth be known on the highly debated legislation — Bill 53-15 — concerning a proposed outlet mall on MD Route 43 (White Marsh Boulevard).
On August 28, Blue Water Baltimore hosted nearly 500 students, faculty, and staff from Goucher College for a day of service in South Baltimore. Goucher Connects, a one day orientation event that connects first-year students to each other, faculty, staff, and community organizations in the Baltimo...
We asked the students, “was there a particular piece of trash that made you mad today?” Many students responded, loudly, with the types of trash that were found the most of on the shorelines which included, Styrofoam, plastic bottles, and plastic bags.
"In addition to the challenges of meeting existing infrastructure needs, growing urban populations and a changing climate require local governments to make additional, preemptive investments for the future of their communities, to plan and prepare for growth and sustainability."
The multistory parking garages rising next to Interstate 795 stand as the most visible signs of new construction near the Owings Mills Metro station.
just behind the car-centered structures, officials say development of a dense and walkable downtown is starting to take off — validating the idea of the transit-oriented development that was first proposed there more than 15 years ago.
The Baltimore County Planning Board is considering a resolution by County Councilman David Marks to create a special overlay zoning district specifically for downtown Towson as the county's urban center.
Several members of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations urged the board to table consideration of the resolution until they have a chance to study it closely, while others like Wendy Jacobs of the West Towson Neighborhood Association said, "We want to see more clearly defined open space requirements," as well as requirements for restrained lighting in development projects.
Chances that this new overlay would make the new vibrant and attractive Towson that most want to see, any more likely are dim. Most importantly, they won't make the path there more transparent, predictable and enforceable.
Towson communities have been on high alert for some time. One can expect a lively hearing tonight.
The Towson Spokes Project, which will expand the Towson Loop bike path into local neighborhoods, during an informational meeting held Thursday night, drew sharp opposition from area bicyclists who believe the plan fails to make provisions for safe cycling.
"Bike Maryland Executive Director Nate Evans said before the meeting that with the exception of a couple of bike lanes, the Towson Spokes project only adds "share the road" signs, which he said are ineffective."
With more than $1 billion in private investment in Towson's redevelopment since 2009 -- which includes 2,700 completed and proposed townhomes and apartments -- many are looking for the funding necessary to provide more open space in Towson to accommodate that growth.
"Baltimore County was successful in restricting development outside the URDL, but inside, it's kind of a free for all," [Philipsen] said.
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