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Great public space 'never ceases to yield happiness,' book says

Great public space 'never ceases to yield happiness,' book says | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, a book by Charles Montgomery, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, 359 pp., $27 hardcover.
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Sprawl, the enemy of happiness: the average American’s network of relationships has been shrinking. Almost half the population say they have no one, or just one person, in whom they can confide....

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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Developer's $5,000 will pay for new trees in Towson neighborhood

Developer's $5,000 will pay for new trees in Towson neighborhood | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As part of a planned unit development agreement Towson Manor Village will get 40 new trees, paid for by the developer of Towson Mews.
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Happy to have had the opportunity to work with Councilman Marks and Towson Manor Village to make this project happen.

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Combining Density With Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future

Combining Density With Open Green Spaces Is The Key To The Urban Future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What can we learn from cities around the world about how to pack people into small spaces while still keeping quality of life high?
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Many of the best attempts at increasing density take into account the growing need to overcome lack of green space, leading to a global surge in futuristic "vertical parks."

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Blue Water Baltimore Restoration Blitz

Blue Water Baltimore Restoration Blitz | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

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Blue Water Baltimore is working with CityScape Engineering and P. Flanigan & Sons to install a walkable educational landscape path and a rain garden while also removing over 6,000 sq. ft. of impervious parking surface. Upon completion, these restoration projects will treat nearly 14,000 sq. ft. of stormwater runoff, helping to reduce pollution and sediment load entering our waterways.

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These Maps Show How Many Landfills There Are In The U.S.

These Maps Show How Many Landfills There Are In The U.S. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The average American throws out 4.4 pounds of trash a day. And then we put it in a big pile. And then the gas from that pile causes climate change.
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In less than four years, San Francisco plans to stop sending any trash to landfills. Oakland has the same goal; Seattle, L.A., New York, and a few other cities hope to follow. A recent map shows how far the rest of the country will have to come to catch up.

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Building Communities through Gardening

Building Communities through Gardening | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

The Manzanita Street Community Garden in Los Angeles, CA. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Community Garden Council.
In a city of concrete that seems to extend forever, where every vacant lot looks destined for development, a patch of green is a w
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“We see ourselves as primarily community builders and we do that through gardening – it’s a way of bringing neighbors together, often for the first time.”

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Towson Flyer Some Towson Triangle green space to be protected, 101 York project still viable – Towson Flyer

Towson Flyer Some Towson Triangle green space to be protected, 101 York project still viable – Towson Flyer | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Councilman David Marks said today he will change the zoning of some land inside the Towson Triangle — which is bordered by York Road, Bosley Avenue and Towsontown Boulevard — to preserve its green …
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Smart growth requires more than roads

Smart growth requires more than roads | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Adding lanes doesn’t ease congestion.
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"A headline I like to show in my public presentations — “Will 23 lanes be enough?” — references Atlanta’s proposed expansion of Interstate 75, making it wider than an aircraft carrier is long ...

That represents the myopic thinking of people who don’t understand how to build complete communities and thriving economies."

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This suburban house is big, cheap, and ripe for innovation

This suburban house is big, cheap, and ripe for innovation | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Suburban building types like McMansions and strip malls are often derided for being cheap and disposable. But those things also make them great place for innovating in food, music, or even technology.
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Ironically, the things that people deride about suburban buildings (cheaply built, cookie-cutter, excessive space) also make them great, affordable incubators to do or make things.

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Caves Valley, county negotiating to preserve Presbyterian Home mansion in Towson

Caves Valley, county negotiating to preserve Presbyterian Home mansion in Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A Towson developer and Baltimore County are negotiating a deal to preserve a hilltop mansion that's stood at least since Andrew Johnson was president.
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Our theory is: Save the building as is, retrofit it for offices, leave the green space open," said Arthur Adler, a partner at Caves Valley. "Hopefully, everybody's happy."

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Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future

Urban agriculture may be inefficient, but it’s a model for a sustainable future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Our obsession with productivity and efficiency comes at the expense of meaningful jobs and quality of life. Urban agriculture is a model for another way
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Urban agriculture is very efficient at producing both food and jobs.

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Council passes bill creating new downtown Towson zoning district

Council passes bill creating new downtown Towson zoning district | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council passed a bill August 1 to strip downtown Towson's current overlay zoning and replace it with a new district that will include a "more intensive design review process" to regulate all levels of development and redevelopment, according to a summary of the bill.
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The bill requires development in downtown Towson to use "high quality building materials," enable "signature statuesque building at strategic locations," and integrate "urban design components into the public realm," according to its summary.

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The Sidewalk Gray Zone | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Sidewalk Gray Zone | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As landscape architects, we are often under the impression that because we love urban trees and seeing new trees planted, that everyone around us will love these plantings as well. Some city dwellers do in fact welcome trees with great excitement, but others may see the trees as an intrusion of their private space or territory.
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"Before embarking on a large-scale planting project, consider reaching out to the citizens in your area to inform them when and where the planting will be happening, what it means for them, and what the benefits of city trees are. If possible, involving the public in the tree planting event may lead to an increased sense of ownership and civic pride, and an increased appreciation for street trees. When it comes to street tree plantings, communication is key."

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Building a Bike Path for America's Entire East Coast

Building a Bike Path for America's Entire East Coast | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
One organization is working to connect cities and towns from Maine to Florida with protected trails.
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“it’s about seeing America at the right speed, where you can take in all of the culture around you,” he adds. “And you don’t have a windshield between yourself and the community.”

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2977 flags as far as you can see in both directions ...

2977 flags as far as you can see in both directions ... | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

along Harford Rd. in Parkville - 1 for every person who perished on Sept. 11

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Wink Hastings

Ward “Wink” Hastings died entirely too soon at age 69 on August 7, 2016 in Baltimore, MD after battling pneumonia. Wink is survived by his brother and sister-in-law Chip and Susan Hastings, and nephew Chris Hastings and wife Cyndy in New Hampshire, his niece Jan Hastings and husband Chip Stiles in Maine, and his Aunt Betty Keller, cousins Burma Barnes and Lucinda Keller in Hawaii, 5 grand-nieces and nephews, a tremendous network of friends in the greater Baltimore area, and colleagues throughout the country. Born in Massachusetts in 1947, Wink spent his childhood in New England and moved to Uta
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Wink was instrumental to our effort to rank and map our conservation priorities. He was also a great friend. We will miss him a great deal.

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A new petition aims to turn 360 unbuildable lots in NYC into green spaces

A new petition aims to turn 360 unbuildable lots in NYC into green spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The non-profit NYRP revitalizes neglected parks across the five boroughs, specifically in underserved neighborhoods.
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Public parks are an incredibly valuable part of a neighborhood, with benefits to quality of life for residents as well as potential for urban farming and use as a community space.

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County plans major pedestrian safety and traffic congestion improvements for Windsor Mill Road

County plans major pedestrian safety and traffic congestion improvements for Windsor Mill Road | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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If adjacent property-owners support the proposed changes, approximately a half-mile of Windsor Mill Road will be widened and sidewalks will be installed on both sides of the road in the next several years.

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An Unsteady Future for New England's Suburbs

An Unsteady Future for New England's Suburbs | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As people move to warmer climates and cities, small towns throughout the region are weathering decline.
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It’s a sign that suburban neighborhoods straight out of Mad Men are no longer as in-demand as they once were.

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Kamenetz adds preservation protection to Oregon Ridge Park

Kamenetz adds preservation protection to Oregon Ridge Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Baltimore County agreed to place land restrictions that will preserve almost 90% of the total acreage to ensure the park cannot be commercially or residentially developed. 

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America’s Golf Courses Are Burning

America’s Golf Courses Are Burning | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
More than 800 golf courses have closed over a decade. Now clubhouses are going up in flames.
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In the face of declining interest and competition driven by oversupply, course owners have gone searching for ways out. Some have donated golf course land tonature trusts and local parks, taking a tax break in return for preserving the open space.

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Towson Manor Village Community Association raising questions over rezoning proposals

Towson Manor Village Community Association raising questions over rezoning proposals | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Community Association will hold a meeting Aug. 17 to discuss zoning issues inside the Towson Triangle.
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The proposal, the addition of a Town Center Core designation, or CT, would allow buildings in the Towson Triangle to be exempted "from any required front, side or rear yard setback, or any setback from the center line of any street, or any building height limitation," by the director of permits, approvals and inspections,

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Photo Essay: Seen from above, humans and nature intertwine along the Chesapeake Bay - Chesapeake Bay Program

Photo Essay: Seen from above, humans and nature intertwine along the Chesapeake Bay - Chesapeake Bay Program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Chesapeake
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Nice photo essay - because the Chesapeake Bay is so shallow—its average depth is just 21 feet—and because so much land area feeds into it, the health of the Bay depends greatly on how the land is treated.

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Our Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup is September 10th, read the results of our 1812 monuments Cleanup & more!

Our Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup is September 10th, read the results of our 1812 monuments Cleanup & more! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Our Bread and Cheese Creek Cleanup is September10th! Volunteers of all ages and ability are still needed. Service Learning and Community Service Hour are available! See the results of our War of 1812 Cleanup and more!
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Please support the great work of Clean Bread and Cheese Creek if you are able.

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Eric Larson's curator insight, August 4, 9:21 AM
War of 1812 cleanup.
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Parks Can Do Double-Duty as Green Infrastructure | Sustainable Cities Collective

Parks Can Do Double-Duty as Green Infrastructure | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
(Historic 4th Ward Park / Beltlandia.com ) Historic 4th Ward Park / Beltlandia.com
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Parks are ideal for providing this service because they already exist in most cities and can be designed from the beginning, or even retrofitted, to serve both recreational and ecological functions.

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Green infrastructure?
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Ripples in a Community

Ripples in a Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

For the same reason that I don’t show my daughter’s face, I almost never show pictures of our neighbours here in rural Ireland. Many of our older neighbours grew up in a different world, growing up without electricity or cars, and talkin
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In a more old-fashioned community ..you can see the bonds of support and obligation all around you. They temper your reactions, help you back down from conflict, encourage you to make deposits in the local bank of personal favours, and keep you from sinking too low when things go wrong.

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