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The coolest urban trail you are likely to see | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The coolest urban trail you are likely to see | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  Something special is happening in Indianapolis, and it's transforming neighborhoods.  As I wrote in People Habitat, revitalization when done well is almost unparalleled in its ability to boost the “triple bottom line” of sustainability: a healthy environment, a healthy...
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the city’s remarkable Cultural Trail is so important.  It’s a pedestrian and bike trail, yes, but it’s a lot more than that, too, providing a demonstration of green infrastructure for stormwater control, a highly legible guide to some of the city’s most important neighborhoods and assets, and helping spur revitalization and boost property values along the way, all while adding to Indy’s mobility options.

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Chesapeake Meetings // Growth and the Future of the Chesapeake Bay

January 13-14, Hood College, Frederick

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Questioning traditional concepts of growth is avoided among political leaders and environmental groups, and little is taught or discussed in the region’s academic institutions. This makes it critical to re-examine concepts of growth, or the acclaimed bay’s restoration — and quality of life in the region — may be jeopardized.

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As People Become Richer, They Consume More Space

As People Become Richer, They Consume More Space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In much of the world people born in cities, or who came to cities young, are moving out, and incomers from the country do not manage, or aspire, to live right in the centre of their chosen city. Even...
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"Even as their populations grow, the density of metropolitan areas is dropping all around the developing world."

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21 Measures for Pedestrian Safety (in Baltimore or Anywhere)

21 Measures for Pedestrian Safety (in Baltimore or Anywhere) | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

"Many residents in cities like Baltimore need to learn how to walk again, and with it the whole culture of street vendors and urban retail has to be rediscovered.  That is what smart growth, healthy cities and sustainability is about. And who doesn't believe in any of that. It will also bring down the stubbornly and appallingly high pedestrian fatality rate. Let's do it!"

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A message that translates well to our first-tier suburbs from our board president, architect and transportation planner, Klaus Philipsen.

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Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports

Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Investment in transit around the country is leading to record-high ridership rates and more people leaving their cars at home despite low prices at the pump.
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“People are saying, ‘I came because of fuel prices; I’m staying because of the experience ...."

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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy > News & Events > At Lincoln House Blog

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-- "The big story of the year could well turn out to be the big story of the first half of this century, says Armando Carbonell, chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form: the expected increase in global urban population by about 2.5 billion. Citing the work of former visiting fellow Shlomo “Solly” Angel (Planet of CitiesAtlas of Urban Expansion), The Economist notes how "cities are bound to grow, but they need planning to be liveable." As an alternative to creating new slums, this means anticipating growth and providing infrastructure and serviced land in the right locations, with good access to jobs."  The article goes on to lament the challenges of affordable housing and chronic homelessness in the U.S.

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Nonprofit becomes the steward of its first Catonsville property

Nonprofit becomes the steward of its first Catonsville property | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Embroiled in a controversy surrounding the future of an 11.01-acre parcel of land tucked off Frederick Road in Catonsville, the nonprofit land trust NeighborSpace of Baltimore County recently became the steward of a 6.75-acre tract of land in the nearby Dunmore community.
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We're very excited about permanently protecting this site in the Dunmore Community in Catonsville and take our hats off to the Dunmore Land Holding Company (DLH), Inc. (a group of neighbors) for all it has done over many years to conserve this resource for the community. For a short article about this terrific group and the wonderful people behind it, click here.

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Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder — Land Trust Alliance

November 13, 2014 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.
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"Investment in natural settings for healing, recreation and routine activities is investment in health – and it’s an investment that yields a very high return.”

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Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69

Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"I tried to show myself as an anthropologist from a different solar system. What kind of new world was being built here?"
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 "A new world was being born," he said in a 1998 episode of Contacts. "It was simply a new, homogenized American environment that was marching across the land and being exported... And no one wanted to confront this."

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At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another

At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The 320-foot-tall blast furnace that once drove the steel-making operation at Sparrows Point will come crumbling down in dramatic fashion next month, the new owners announced Monday.
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"Sparrows Point Terminal, which is financially backed by local firm Redwood Capital Investments, has outlined plans to redevelop the site with manufacturing, logistics and port operations. The proposal has the blessing of Baltimore County officials, and in September the company signed a pact with state and federal environmental agencies for a $48 million cleanup on the site."

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“Nature’s recycling program” gets a little help from Baltimore County

“Nature’s recycling program” gets a little help from Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Materials such as grass, leaves, and small brush are collected and taken to the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh for composting. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of organic matter that is being landfilled. In 2013 approximately 11,000 tons of yard materials from the County’s Yard Materials Recycling Collection Program were processed into compost."

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A New Vocabulary for American Towns

A New Vocabulary for American Towns | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities
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COLLABORATE ... MAKER ... SUSTAINABLE

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Introducing Towson Row—a mixed-use development that’s bringing ultra-urban appeal to the heart of tree-lined Towson.

Introducing Towson Row—a mixed-use development that’s bringing ultra-urban appeal to the heart of tree-lined Towson. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

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Not sure trees are a hallmark of any of this, at least yet.

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'Subirdia': Surprisingly, birds thrive in suburban areas

'Subirdia': Surprisingly, birds thrive in suburban areas | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife" by John Marzluff ; Yale University Press (303 pages, $30)
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"...the greatest bird diversity occurred not downtown, or even in forest reserves, but in outlying suburban neighborhoods "the jumbled collection of houses, allotments and gardens, derelict and vacant land, golf courses and other recreational sites, and by the cemeteries, schoolyards, highway and railway verges, business parks and shopping centres, situated amid the greenways that comprise suburbia..."

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Urban Agriculture in the United States: Characteristics, Challenges, and Technical Assistance Needs > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

The urban agriculture sector is one of young, recently established farms and farmers. Profitability, financing, and production costs were rated the highest challenges. Farmers also reported moderate to high technical assistance needs in many other areas that Extension staff can address.
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New resource outlining challenges of urban farming

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"There Arose Such a Clutter" – Donate, Don’t Dump!

"There Arose Such a Clutter" – Donate, Don’t Dump! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As opposed to discarding items as trash, donating reduces disposal costs, cuts down on air and water pollution, and conserves space in Baltimore County’s landfill (which is already over 50 percent filled). Donating certain items may even qualify as a valuable tax deduction.
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An important and timely list of places accepting donations of just about anything, including the kitchen sink!

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Blue Water Baltimore launches online pollution reporting form | Baltimore Brew

Blue Water Baltimore launches online pollution reporting form | Baltimore Brew | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Blue Water Baltimore just made it easier for citizens to report pollution and harder for polluters to get away with harming the environment. The nonprofit
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“It’s important that pollution reporting be crowd-sourced,” Flores says. “There are only so many agencies paying attention and they are not working 24 hours a day.”

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Citizens of the Year honored in Towson

Mandy Stepp helped get a neighborhood park in Ridgely Manor — and started a community association in the process.
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Ground was broken in August, ending five years of community frustration over flooding and contamination from a nearby Hess gas station. Residents in the neighborhood of 200 brick duplexes sued Hess Corp., and Marks got involved. Hess settled the lawsuit, purchased and tore down 16 houses on the site, and built the 2-acre park in conjunction with NeighborSpace of Baltimore County and the Ridgely Manor Community Association, which formed in 2012, with Stepp as its president, soon after the lawsuit was settled.

"It feels good" to win a Citizen of the Year award, Stepp said, adding that the park has brought together many neighbors who didn't know one another. "It's nice to have recognition."

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Project for Public Spaces | Diverse Funders are Converging on Placemaking

Project for Public Spaces | Diverse Funders are Converging on Placemaking | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are myriad issues that government agencies, NGOs, and philanthropic organizations must address in their efforts to strengthen communities—economic growth, environmental degradation, affordability, social isolation, access to affordable food and services, freedom of self-expression, to name only a few. Rather than tackling each of these issues separately, more and more groups are aligning around Placemaking as a strategy that not only addresses these disparate agendas, but also shines a light on the critical ways in which they intersect. Quickly catching on to this trend, organizations are beginning to fund multiple Placemaking projects and programs.
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There are myriad issues that government agencies, NGOs, and philanthropic organizations must address in their efforts to strengthen communities—economic growth, environmental degradation, affordability, social isolation, access to affordable food and services, freedom of self-expression, to name only a few. Rather than tackling each of these issues separately, more and more groups are aligning around Placemaking as a strategy that not only addresses these disparate agendas, but also shines a light on the critical ways in which they intersect.Quickly catching on to this trend, organizations are beginning to fund multiple Placemaking projects and programs.

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Yes, Maryland, there's a lot of plastic in the Bay!

Yes, Maryland, there's a lot of plastic in the Bay! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Stiv Wilson, from our project partner 5 Gyres, roughly estimated the plastic pollution to be 10 times the density of the samples he's pulled from oceanic gyres. 

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Community questions density of proposed Towson Mews

Community questions density of proposed Towson Mews | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Towson Mews, a proposed development of 35 townhouses with two-car garages on 1.2 acres in East Towson, received a chilly reception at a community input meeting Monday night.
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"A crowd of about 50 people at the East Towson Carver Community Center peppered project officials with questions about the size of the project and the potential influx of new neighbors, cars and traffic."

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How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
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"... when you invest heavily in connectivity, and safety, and comfort for biking, you see the rate of that activity skyrocket."

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How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway

How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Getting the 22 municipalities involved to agree was not easy, but the outcome is revolutionary.
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"It won’t surprise anyone to hear that Copenhagen, world famous for its bicycling culture, is up to something big with bikes. What’s less well known is how Copenhagen’s latest innovation happened. It’s a remarkable story of regional cooperation, forged by one big city and 21 of its smaller suburban neighbors, who came together around a common vision for moving commuters from using their cars to riding their bicycles." 

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Redeveloping Our Cities for the Future > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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"The last half-century of urban growth has provided a cautionary tale about the seduction of sprawl—a path of least resistance that generates quick profits but unsustainable development. Our ability to manage our ecological footprint and minimize our global impact will be tied inextricably to our ability to plan and construct more dense and efficient human settlements."

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Can the Urban Dream Work in the Suburbs? - Vegas Seven

Can the Urban Dream Work in the Suburbs? - Vegas Seven | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The rise of Downtown Summerlin forces a local architect to rethink just what “downtown” means—and how new definitions might change the face of the Valley
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"... it’s reasonable to ask whether there can even be legitimate edge cities or “second cities” in the Valley. I believe the “edge city” would be not only possible here, but valuable. It’s become fashionable to dismiss the edge as, at best, a necessary evil for a housing-hungry population—an ecologically and culturally unhealthy blemish on the city. But while we can make it a priority to better manage future growth, today’s suburbs are not going away. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/11/19/downtown-summerlin-can-the-urban-dream-work-in-the-suburbs/#sthash.3MKXRna2.dpuf

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Livin The Dog Life

Livin The Dog Life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Dog Park Products and Dog Park Equipment - Livin The Dog Life
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Attending the national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Denver - turns out there is a company whose sole mission is to outfit dog parks - who knew?

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