"Without presenting viable alternatives, the State not only forfeits available federal funding, it leaves Baltimore County, Baltimore City and the region stuck in traffic" --- and as car dependent as we have ever been.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called Monday for Robert E. Lee Park to be renamed, as a national debate over the role of Confederate symbols plays out across the country.
The county had issued a letter to the Rawlings-Blake administration to rename the park Lake Roland Park, but needs the city's approval to do so.
"In a region as diverse as the Baltimore metropolitan area, the new name is much more sensitive to the diverse population that visits and utilizes the park," Baltimore County Administrative Officer Fred Homan wrote in a letter on behalf of Kamenetz.
-*+Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up "loitering" in other spaces. The following are just a few of the successful examples from around the world where young people were involved in Placemaking.
"Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up “loitering” in other spaces."
Fewer acres of parkland per capita, fewer dog parks per capita, &Lower park-related expenditures per capita lead to Baltimore-Towson-Columbia region being ranked 19th out 50 of the largest metros in 2015 American Fitness Survey
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....
"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."
Dashing Baltimore's hopes for a long-anticipated east-west light rail line to improve its transit network, Gov. Larry Hogan said Thursday that he will not build the $2.9 billion Red Line across the city.
"By eliminating the expense of the Red Line and scaling back the state's share of the Purple Line, Hogan freed up hundred of millions of dollars he plans to use to undertake a significant shift in the state's transportation priorities from public transit to road projects."
"Across all the Michigan Metros analyzed, average office rents in regionally significant walkable urban places are 2 percent higher than in comparable drivable locations. Retail rents are 13 percent higher, multifamily rental apartment rents are 28 percent higher, and for-sale residential prices are 50 percent higher. The broad implication is clear—there is pent up demand for walkable urban places in Michigan."
-*+Little exercise and poor diets are not just serious problems on foreign battlefields but here at home for people of all ages, according to a delegation of public health experts meeting with Minnesota citizens during the 4th annual Placemaking residency. The event, which sparked discussion of looming health issues across the Twin Cities, was sponsored by the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation in partnership with more than 50 local organizations.
"This building of America for the benefit of cars is starting to backfire. We should put people first.”
Playgrounds for seniors are beginning to pop up around the U.S., following the lead of Asia and Europe.
"Designed to promote flexibility and balance, these playgrounds can help prevent falls among older adults by making low-tech versions of elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and body flexors available to the young at heart."
"The award comes from STAR- Sustainable Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities. It honors the city for adapting for climate change, its work in urban agricultural food production and its commitment to turning vacant lots into green spaces."
For months, community activists have argued that developers in Towson should be forced to do more to help the government buy and preserve parkland.
NeighborSpace, a nonprofit land preservation organization, disagrees with the report. It plans to propose a new fee schedule that's simpler with fewer exemptions. More developers would pay into the program, it says, generating more money.
The former Bogota, Colombia, parks chief makes the case for effective city activism.
"Citizens can no longer be spectators, they must participate,” says Penalosa." (I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Penalosa at a ULI event in Detroit last summer. It's hard to argue with him on this point).
New data on transportation spending paints an alarming picture.
"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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