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We Love You Clean Bread and Cheese Creek

Fantastic clean at site of future trail
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We're one of many partners engaged in trying to build a leg of the Star Spangled Banner National Historic Trail along the head of Bear Creek. Thank you John Long and CBCC for this amazing effort!
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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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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What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain

What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Looking at buildings designed for contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive, measurable effects on your mental state.
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"The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through “architectural aesthetics” are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that “architectural design matters.”"

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Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices

Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Sales of distressed properties in the Baltimore region continued to distort the area's real estate market in October, inflating overall sales but acting as a drag on home prices, according to the monthly report from the regional multiple listing service.
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"the picture of Baltimore City and five surrounding counties appeared darker than it is because of the flat median sales prices due to distressed property sales."

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Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America

Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Plant trees for a better democracy

Plant trees for a better democracy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As the dust settles on the 2014 mid-term election and the parties analyze why more Americans didn't come out to vote, it's time to recognize that political involvement does not come with an on/off switch. There are lessons to be learned from the example of thousands of citizens in Baltimore and around the country who participate in community-sponsored initiatives to plant trees.
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"Statistically, the people who come out to plant trees are significantly more likely than the American population (or their fellow New Yorkers) to engage in other types of civic and political activities, such as: participating in a protest; signing a petition; attending a public, town, community board or school meeting; or engaging in political discussion on the Internet."

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Whole Foods to open Towson Row store

Whole Foods to open Towson Row store | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
It will be the organic grocer's first Baltimore County location.
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"Whole Foods, a natural goods and organic grocer, is the first announced tenant that will open as part of the $350 million mixed-use Towson Row project.

Towson Row is a 1 million-square-foot development at the southern gateway to downtown Towson being developed by Caves Valley Partners. This will be the first Whole Foods location to open in Baltimore County and will be about 45,000 square feet."



Read more: http://thedailyrecord.com/2014/11/05/whole-foods-to-open-towson-row-store/#ixzz3IOoDOFAP

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Project for Public Spaces | How to Restore Walking as a Way of Life

Project for Public Spaces | How to Restore Walking as a Way of Life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone"

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New Sparrows Point owner discusses redevelopment for former mill site - Baltimore Business Journal

New Sparrows Point owner discusses redevelopment for former mill site - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
It's the first time the new owner has spoken publicly about the site.
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"You've said you've heard a lot of interest from potential tenants at the site. Have you seen any themes emerge indicating how the Sparrows Point land could be used?

What's striking is how wide the variety is. Some is manufacturing and some is distribution."

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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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Confronting Suburban Poverty

Confronting Suburban Poverty | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Attending a great seminar today by Elizabeth Kneebone on the rise of suburban poverty including in Baltimore County.
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Great website on the topic
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Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Democratically controlled community land trusts remain the best way forward in today’s context, when government is reluctant to either finance public housing or dramatically expand rent regulations.” But perhaps cities should be looking for the right mixture of inclusionary zoning and community land trusts. Community land trusts (CLTs) are locally based non-profit corporations that acquire properties in their home territory through private donation or the use of government subsidies.

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Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags

Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore's City Council moved to ban plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and big-box retailers Monday after dumping a proposal to charge a 5-cent fee for the bags to discourage their use.
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"The proposed ban would make Baltimore one of the first East Coast cities to outlaw plastic bags — decried for littering Baltimore's waterways. But it faces many obstacles before becoming law."

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New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

New guide from ASLA highlights urban green, literally, in Portland | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
it’s easy to forget as we add more urban development to our cities that we humans are biophilic creatures.  We need green along with the gray, though in cities we need it to be designed to support rather than supplant urban function.  ASLA is better than any other organization I know at showing how it’s done best.
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Proud to be the president-elect of the Maryland ASLA chapter.

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Opponents of Aylesbury apartment proposal want to wait for Kach

Opponents of Aylesbury apartment proposal want to wait for Kach | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council will decide this month whether to advance plans for a new apartment complex in Timonium — a move sponsored by the departing councilman for the district but opposed by residents and the new councilman elected this week.
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"The company has applied to have the project considered a planned-use development, a designation that must be approved by the County Council. The designation allows flexibility from some zoning rules in exchange for the developer providing a "community benefit." Fore Property would be required to restore a nearby stream and donate $35,000 to the Lutherville Volunteer Fire Department."

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Hardly in Suburbia Today

Hardly in Suburbia Today | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Happy Halloween from NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
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Proposed White Marsh outlet mall gets OK

Proposed White Marsh outlet mall gets OK | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A Baltimore County administrative judge has approved a proposed outlet mall in White Marsh that's drawn opposition from neighbors and rival retailers.
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"Several residents testified during the administrative hearing, which stretched over eight days in the summer and fall. They raised concerns about traffic, flooding of White Marsh Run, stormwater runoff, crime, light pollution, school overcrowding and existing empty retail locations in the area ..."

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