How a leafy sidewalk or a forest scene can make us feel richer, younger, and more focussed.
"Something deep within us responds to the three-dimensional geometry of nature, and that is where arguments of economic equivalence, however well intentioned, fall short. If someone offers you ten thousand dollars or ten trees, take the trees."
He's asking the regional planning organization he chairs to come up with a mass transit study within 90 days.
"There are clearly a number of concepts that should be considered," Kamenetz said. "They can include doing part of the Red Line. They can include rapid bus. They could include a monorail-type system. But it could also include a revamping of the MTA bus routes system ..."
City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young is taking the first legal step to strip a popular county-operated park of its Confederate ties.
"The park is centered around historic Lake Roland, and the name Lake Roland Park better reflects this open space treasure," Kamenetz said in a statement Friday. "We look forward to making a joint announcement with the city about the name change in the near future."
A bulldozer rumbled atop a massive construction-rubble landfill nearby as Sam Droege and Thom Wilson went bee-hunting beneath high-voltage power lines slicing across northeastern Baltimore.
"To many, a landfill and an unkempt power line right-of-way might look like eyesores. But they're flashing an all-you-can-eat sign for wild bees, which can be found in surprising numbers and diversity in blighted, out-of-the-way spots like this one in Baltimore"
Marietta is razing a number of housing complexes with low-income residents to make way for commercial development.
"... it’s the instruments of such social and economic improvement—in Marietta and beyond—that should concern metro area residents. If the plans lack too much transparency to the public or decency to the disadvantaged, they trigger memories of a time when cities delivered great harm with a promise of greater good."
"Reclaimed from a once-vacant lot in an urbanized section of Dundalk, North Point State Battlefield Park is now open to the public. The park preserves nine acres of open land which represent the last undeveloped parcel from the historic battle site."
Owners of the nearby White Marsh Mall and local residents have fought the proposed 100-store mall, entangling its Baltimore-based developer, Paragon Outlet Partners, in zoning appeals since early last year.
"Owners of the nearby White Marsh Mall and local residents have fought the proposed 100-store mall, entangling its Baltimore-based developer, Paragon Outlet Partners, in zoning appeals since early last year."
If Baltimore County performs any regular task that can be described as "epic," it's probably the once-every-four-years zoning overhaul known as CZMP, which stands for Comprehensive Zoning Map Process. The process is gearing up now, set to culminate in September 2016 when the County Council will vote on a revised zoning map.
"Community associations and property owners will be alert for rezoning proposals with the potential for unpleasant encroachment on their suburban communities."
The Baltimore County Council gave the go-ahead on Monday for a developer to go through an alternative review process for a project of 200-plus homes on the waterfront in Essex.
"Manekin intends to use the planned-unit development process, which gives the company flexibility in zoning rules in exchange for a benefit to the community — in this case, $50,000 for water-quality projects."
The developer of the much-debated 101 York, a proposed student housing and commercial development, has agreed to withdraw the project for consideration at the request of Baltimore County Councilman David Marks .
"Marks said the project, previously proposed at 13 stories tall, has been substantially revised in the past month to the point where it would be 20 stories and, therefore, is much different than the version that the County Council and the public had been considering in the county’s community input process."
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."
The so-called rain tax is being debated again — this time in court.
A Montgomery County circuit judge has declared the county's stormwater management fee invalid, saying it violates a state law passed this year to reform the controversial environmental charge. Though the ruling only applies in Montgomery for now, it's creating ripples of anxiety in Baltimore area communities that still levy such fees to pay for reducing the polluted runoff fouling local streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
The Towson Spokes Project, which will expand the Towson Loop bike path into local neighborhoods, during an informational meeting held Thursday night, drew sharp opposition from area bicyclists who believe the plan fails to make provisions for safe cycling.
"Bike Maryland Executive Director Nate Evans said before the meeting that with the exception of a couple of bike lanes, the Towson Spokes project only adds "share the road" signs, which he said are ineffective."
"By pooling resources and allowing voucher-holders to move across the entire area, the Regional Housing Initiative has given poorer people access to towns and communities they would have otherwise been excluded from."
In 2013, the Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellowship, which places architectural fellows for three year terms in community development organizations around the country, partnered with the Fetzer Institute to incorporate a focus on love and forgiveness into design and community development. This approach was not intended to be the sole solution to tough community issues, but rather a conversation starter to address these issues through concrete actions from within the community.
"Centering a discussion on community development around love and forgiveness gives communities permission to talk about tough issues."
"The cause of public space and place has fallen between the cracks of disparate disciplines and social movements. More than a competing cause, a focus on place can be a means through which we coalesce, and more fundamentally address, otherwise disparate causes."
Intense thunderstorms last month brought huge chunks of hail to some areas, caused widespread flooding, and led to massive sewage overflows in the Jones Falls corridor.
"Since our watersheds are covered in so much impervious surface, most of this stormwater runoff gets sent directly into our streams and carries heavy loads of sediment and toxic contaminants, such as PCSs and chromium, with it. The sediment eventually settles to the bottom of the streams and rivers, smothering any submerged aquatic vegetation or vulnerable life..."
One of the last undeveloped waterfront parcels on Middle River in Essex could be turned into a community of more than 200 houses, stoking neighbors' concerns about overbuilding and environmental impacts.
"The civic council tried to convince the county to buy the land for use as a park, but it didn't work out ...."
Protecting Towson from perceived overdevelopment and creating more open space in the area are major considerations for communities as Baltimore County begins its comprehensive rezoning process this summer.
"there has been "a push-pull" in rural parts of the county between those who want to develop high-density housing and those who want to leave the land zoned as is or reduce density.
That conflict has been evident in more urban areas of the county, too, [Mayhew] said."
"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.
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