Two Baltimore churches were recently awarded grant funds to implement stormwater restoration practices to reduce polluted stormwater runoff from their sacred grounds. St. John Lutheran Church in Brooklyn and Christian Temple Church in Catonsville will receive $52,933 and $25,000, respectively.
The churches will be removing impervious pavement, installing rainwater harvesting systems and rain gardens, and planting trees all with the aim of not only reducing polluted stormwater from running into our streams, but to also model this behavior within their communities to educate members, residents and visitors about the problem of polluted stormwater and the different solutions that we can adopt.
John McGrain, 84, of Towson has been using his camera to document the life and infrastructure of his hometown, Baltimore County and Maryland for 70 years.
"He traces what he calls the "great assault on Towson" to 1950, when developers razed the early 19th-century Epsom Chapel, the town's first house of worship, to make way for a Hutzler's department store."
Towson residents and elected officials are scrambling to protect an 1850s mansion that houses a nursing home that's closing by the end of the year. The Presbyterian Home of Maryland, located in what was once known as the Bosley Mansion, is on the market.
Residents of Towson's Southland Hills neighborhood lament the loss of a neighbor that has been in operation for nearly 90 years .... But they also worry about the potential loss of green space considered a shared oasis in their residential enclave.
“Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.
"So what makes a good suburb? “Desirable communities make it easy to get where you want to without a car,” said Niess. Biking and walking infrastructure “is the first amenity we put in new communities.”
Nearly 300 volunteers worked on projects in the southeastern Baltimore County community as part of an annual "Rebuilding Day." Volunteer teams also worked on projects around the Woodbourne-McCabe community in Baltimore, and in cities across the country as part of a national effort by Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit group.
"The more attention we give it, the better it will become once again," Kamenetz said.
Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress. According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers.
"Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress.According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers."
Real estate developers around the world are responding to increased consumer interest in cycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation by building projects adjacent to trails, bike paths, bike-sharing stations, and other infrastructure that supports human-powered mobility, according to Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, a new ULI report.
“trail-oriented development” leverages investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to offer car-free lifestyle and transportation choices to people seeking more physically active and environmentally sustainable modes of getting around.
Grantmakers should provide enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services.
“Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy” is a great contribution to the heated debate over “overhead costs.” To determine what it actually costs for high-performing nonprofits to get the job done, Bridgespan analysts Jeri Eckhart-Queenan, Michael Etzel, and Sridhar Prasad studied the financial records of 20 effective nonprofits and tallied up their indirect costs—that is, the costs not attributed to a specific program. “The median indirect cost rate for all 20 nonprofits was 40 percent, nearly three times the 15 percent overhead rate that most foundations provide,” the authors found.
"In many communities, political challenges, NIMBY opposition, and infrastructure-related issues hinder change. “The most difficult and most important obstacle is members of the public who have all kinds of negative connotations to that word ‘urban’ or cities,”
Suburban governments across the U.S. may be making it difficult for young families who want something different to find it.
"If we believe that urban life confers value by its form, we believe that people and institutions grow stronger in closeness to people of many ages, styles, and incomes. Any zoning that assigns families, the poor, and seniors to sprawl makes the urban experience a perk for only the childless or the wealthy."
"We don't distinguish between a park and a vacant lot."
“People think access to nature might add opportunity for physical activity, might lower exposure to air pollution or increase opportunities for social interaction,” James says. And while all those things are contributing factors, their study found the strongest link in hownature decreases stress and improves mental health.
The majority of the shortfall stems from Pennsylvania, which is lagging badly. State officials — facing threats of action by the EPA — recently announced plans to “reboot” their Bay-related efforts. But other states are also falling behind in some areas, especially stormwater, where most are reporting increased runoff pollution.
A new documentary follows some of the city’s famous felines as they navigate the ever-changing urban environment.
“The more every bit of green space and soil in the city is flattened and paved over, the more inhospitable it becomes to cats,” Torun says. “And you’ve really started seeing a lot more people putting out food and water for street animals over the last five to ten years as summers have become hotter. There’s a bigger push to see that they’re OK.”
Towson's Patriot Plaza probably will not get an ice rink after all.
The Baltimore County Council on Monday approved a contract to redesign the underused plaza, but officials said the renovated plaza won't include expensive details that were previously considered — one idea that might be nixed is a seasonal ice rink.
"It’s time to stop telling people we can grow our way to a restored Bay and planet, and to explain how prosperity and quality of life can exist separate from growth. Indeed, that’s the only way they will exist for most of us."
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