In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
"In 2013, Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office of IT (MOIT) and the former Greater Baltimore Technology Council (gb.tc) hosted Hack the Parks, an event which resulted in five tech and non-tech projects being awarded city grants. The projects resulting from Hack the Parks were intended to solve a range of maintenance and sustainability issues facing the city’s parks and recreation facilities, from mapping invasive vines in Leakin Park to planting native mushrooms as a way of preventing soil erosion in Druid Hill Park."
"Typically these contributions are conservation easements, but a donation of an entire interest by the donor also qualifies" - an important criterion for NeighborSpace, since most of our donated land is in fee.
Baltimore's Suburbanization & Outward Growth: Explore how Baltimore’s suburbanization has impacted, and been effected by, changes in urban and suburban demographics, transportation, housing practices, city and county planning, and poverty and tax policies.
"Primum non nocere" (or "First, do no harm") is a fundamental principle of medical ethics. Despite the many and varied achievements of medical science (hand washing before moving on to a new patient, anesthesia and antibiotics), it is still taught to medical students as a reminder of the limits of their craft and the need…
I was struck by this quote in a new paper by Wesley E. Marshall et al. from the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Civil Engineering: “It might not be common for people to explicitly contemplate health when selecting a place to live.” At Livability, it’s one of the eight characteristics we measure for our…
"While others have discussed the need to retrofit suburbia, the authors of this study also point to the opportunity to develop for the projected U.S. population growth by building areas that at least have a chance of helping people stay healthier. Better zoning would certainly help that goal. So would a conscious effort to think about how the place we live shapes the way we live."
Every year we take a look at the area’s wealthiest ZIP codes in the Baltimore Business Journal, and this year we decided we should also look at the poorest.
"here is an interactive map of the 20 wealthiest and 20 poorest ZIP codes in Greater Baltimore. The green points on the map mark the wealthiest, and the blue points, the poorest. As you can see, the poorest are mostly concentrated in Baltimore itself, some even in the central business district. And the wealthiest lie in the counties, especially Howard."
As part of this year's advocacy summit, we were fortunate to tour Citygarden, a 2.9 acre urban park and sculpture garden in St. Louis. The park was an ASLA2011 Prof. Award Recipient. It cost$30 M to d...
I had the good fortune to represent the Md. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at ASLA's annual advocacy summit in St. Louis, MO this weekend and to participate in a tour of Citygarden, a truly magnificent park and sculpture garden.
Boone Street Farm: Before What do you see here? A vacant lot? Neighborhood blight? Unfulfilled ambitions? Or do you see untapped potential, a plot rich in
What does it take to create a successful urban farm? The answer mirrors what it takes to create a successful NeighborSpace site: community buy-in. "Community buy-in refers to a particular community’s acceptance and support of a project. If a project goes forward without this endorsement, community members are unlikely to participate or be supportive and may feel antagonistic toward its presence. Just as a seedling requires proper soil conditions and maintenance to thrive, an urban farm requires a supportive social environment and ongoing engagement with the community."
Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of...
"Wilson said the landowners worked with the department on the public access provision. This involves extending the current 18 miles of trails in the Sweet Air section along the Sawmill Branch, a tributary of the Little Gunpowder River, for at least another half-mile of trails.
"It's a heavily used trail," Wilson said of the Sawmill Branch. "All the public trails in the park are very popular.""
Residents of a neighborhood in Baltimore now have the most obvious place to wait for a bus ever designed. The ingenious stop is comprised of three 14' typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word "BUS" while functioning as benches and a novel leisure space. The
This weekend I'm representing the Md. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at a meeting in St. Louis, MO, the location of the Arch, aka Gateway to the West. It's really quite an ama...