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Finding the right path through design review

Finding the right path  through design review | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Municipalities—searching for ways to better shape development — must tailor their approach to the community’s size and professional resources.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Backtracking on the Bay

Backtracking on the Bay | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County has no shortage of polluted water. From the Gunpowder to the Patapsco rivers and the Upper Chesapeake Bay to the Jones Falls, the county has eight bodies of water that have been classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as "impaired," meaning they are too polluted to meet minimum water quality standards.
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"Let’s just say it’s been a tough week for the Chesapeake Bay and anyone who cares about its health — or the billions of dollars in economic benefits and thousands of jobs that are associated with it."

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Toward a Useful Teaching Strategy: City Park Partnerships

Toward a Useful Teaching Strategy: City Park Partnerships | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Last month the City Parks Alliance (CPA) held a pilot workshop in a concerted effort to develop a teaching strategy for helping park professionals learn and understand partnerships and collaboratio...
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"But we have much to learn in order to create a more complete learning experience.  We know that there are competencies around collaboration and engagement including good leadership, good process (group dynamic) skills, being strategic and creative, being inclusive, and being accountable.  Some people can do it naturally; others need help in breaking down the steps."

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High-Tech Advances Make Smarter City Parks – Next City

High-Tech Advances Make Smarter City Parks – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Investing in new technology means greenspace savings in Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami.
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“Our staff is being much more efficient, targeted and strategic because they’re not guessing what they should go to do this day, because they know that our top priority is to go to this rec center and fix this exposed wire, or go to this park and take care of this hazard,” explains Focht. Just with mowing contracts alone, GIS helps the department yield an annual savings of roughly $355,000, according to Piller."

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Study: What Puts Cyclists at Greatest Risk? It’s Not What You Wear | Streetsblog USA

Study: What Puts Cyclists at Greatest Risk? It’s Not What You Wear | Streetsblog USA | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Being hit by car

Duh, of course! But this point is worth reiterating. The cyclists who were injured in collisions with cars, or by falling to avoid a car collision, were more severely injured than people who just fell, or were involved in a collision with another cyclist or pedestrian."

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Hearings begin for 101 York student housing proposal in Towson

Hearings begin for 101 York student housing proposal in Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An administrative law judge will decide whether a Towson student housing project that's drawn criticism from neighbors and community members should go forward.
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"Brian J. Murphy, an attorney for the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said the proposal is "a flawed project," and suggested using the student housing designation is a Trojan horse to push a development "into a place where it simply shouldn't be."

Developer David Schlachman of Towson-based DMS Development said his project fills a need for student housing in Towson."

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The Point Is the Place - Abundant Community

The Point Is the Place - Abundant Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Peter explains that the more we know and care about the place where we are, the more likely we are to do the functions that communities are meant to do.
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Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: The indoor mall isn't dead, not yet

Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: The indoor mall isn't dead, not yet | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
there just aren't that many department store companies around to fill out the spaces necessary to "anchor" a successful shopping mall.
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Recreation Upgrades Set for Local Parks throughout Maryland

Recreation Upgrades Set for Local Parks throughout Maryland | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Baltimore County will receive $688,374 to design and construct a 12,000-square-foot community center, an entry road and a parking lot at Soukup Arena and Park. The community center ─ to include a gymnasium, office, restrooms, storage, vending machines, janitorial and mechanical spaces ─ will help meet the demand for indoor recreation facilities in the White Marsh area."

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Are human behaviors affecting bird communities in residential areas?

Are human behaviors affecting bird communities in residential areas? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A new study shows that habitat alteration may be less important than other factors-- such as human behavior-- in driving the effects of "exurban" development on bird communities. These unexpected results are fueling more questions that may ultimately lead to informed landowners lessening their impacts on local wildlife.
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Brick and Mortar Shopping and Changing Habits | Sustainable Cities Collective

Brick and Mortar Shopping and Changing Habits | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A lot of shopping malls are dying. You’ve probably heard this before. But how bad is it and what exactly is happening? Well, a new report by CoStar (heard through the New York Times) found that nearly 20% of the 1,200 malls in the US are presently in trouble.
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"malls are no longer the “public space” of young people. Their position as a kind of cultural institution is waning. At the same time, more and more people are craving uniqueness. They like independent shops, not malls that all look and feel the same."

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10 Reasons to be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014

10 Reasons to be Encouraged We Made Real Environmental Progress in 2014 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, business...
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"On Election Day 2014, U.S. voters approved 27 state and local ballot measures in 19 states. This raised over $29 billion to invest in open space, water protection, parks and trails!

The wins far exceed any amount approved by voters in previous elections. Support came from both sides of the aisle. Many of these measures passed with 65 percent of the vote or more."

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How Sweden Is Eliminating Road Deaths

The life-saving power of street design
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"Sweden has rebuilt roads to prioritize safety over speed and other considerations. This includes the creation of "2 + 1" roads, three-lane streets consisting of two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other; the extra lane alternates between directions to allow for passing. That design saved roughly 145 lives during the first 10 years of Vision Zero, according to The Economist."

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State aims for 'zero' waste, but goal is far off

State aims for 'zero' waste, but goal is far off | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Trucks start lining up to dump their loads at Baltimore's Quarantine Road landfill before the gates open in the morning.
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"The throwaway culture on display at the 153-acre landfill illustrates the challenge that Baltimore and other Maryland communities face in coping with the mountains of waste generated by their residents, businesses and industries. While Marylanders recycle more than the average American, according to the state Department of the Environment, they also toss out more stuff, to the tune of more than six pounds per person each day. That figure is more likely a reflection of Marylanders' affluence than their wastefulness, state officials say."

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Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness - PlannersWeb

Where Am I? The Power of Uniqueness - PlannersWeb | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What's the value of uniqueness and community identity? That's the question ULI analyst -- and long-time Planning Commissioners Journal columnist -- Ed McMahon addresses in his dynamic 17-minute TED Talk.
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We were fortunate to have Ed talk at a fundraising breakfast two years ago.  He was phenomenal! Take a few minutes to watch this Ted Talk he gave a few weeks ago - you won't be disappointed!

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Project for Public Spaces | Walking is Going Places

Project for Public Spaces | Walking is Going Places | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Real Simple magazine (circulation: 2 million) declared “walking, America’s untrendiest trend” in its February 2014 cover story. A month later Builder magazine (a construction trade journal) announced on its cover, “Walkability. Why we care…and why you should too.”  The reason? Simple: “Increasingly, the market is demanding places where homeowners can hoof it.”

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Growing Cities Hold Key to Curbing Climate Change

Growing Cities Hold Key to Curbing Climate Change | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
How cities get built may determine how bad global warming becomes
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"The new study pinpoints staggering potential climate benefits of smart growth, gasoline taxes and other measures that can reduce energy demand in urban centers."

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Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates

Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An analysis of 727 studies reveals that there have been more instances of rapid, catastrophic animal die-offs over the past 75 years. These mass kills appear to have hit birds, fish and marine invertebrates harder than other species.
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"This study suggests that in addition to monitoring physical changes such as changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, it is important to document the biological response to regional and global environmental change."

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After 60 years, new reservoir being built for Baltimore and suburbs

After 60 years, new reservoir being built for Baltimore and suburbs | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
For 60 years — since Dwight Eisenhower's first term as president — a new reservoir for the Baltimore area has been on the books. Now, the huge project is finally getting underway.
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"When completed, three covered storage tanks in Fullerton will hold 62 million gallons of treated drinking water for Baltimore, Baltimore County and other localities that use the city's sprawling water system. The cost: $78 million."

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The suburbs of Atlanta no longer hold just the promise of good schools, clean streets, and whitewashed homes…They are increasingly home to the very poor, who find themselves stranded in suburbs...

The suburbs of Atlanta no longer hold just the promise of good schools, clean streets, and whitewashed homes…They are increasingly home to the very poor, who find themselves stranded in suburbs... | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Suburbs and the New American Poverty : More people with low incomes now live outside of cities, and some areas are ill-equipped to deal with the influx of the poor | The Atlantic, January 7,...
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Now poverty has taken up residence in sprawl, and that exclusion-based form is punishing the poor by trapping them in an environment that was (unfairly, illogically) built for traveling everywhere by cars for long distances and that requires the expense of car ownership and maintenance; an environment that provided no services to the poor, who were assumed to be forever ghettoized in the urban core. - See more at: http://atlurbanist.tumblr.com/post/107413750764/the-suburbs-of-atlanta-no-longer-hold-just-the#sthash.H1vapCmv.dpuf

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America's Suburban Experiment

America's Suburban Experiment | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

 "in this new and enticing model, we’ve sacrificed resiliency for growth. In the pursuit of jobs and economic development, American cities have spread themselves out beyond their abilities to financially sustain themselves. All those roads, all that sidewalk, all those pipes....they are really, really expensive. We're starting to understand that building it all was the easy part. Maintaining it generation after generation is hard."

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Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming

Why a Denver Suburb Has Gone All-In for Farming | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
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"Once known informally as Carnation City, the Denver suburb built its economy on a foundation of flower nurseries, apple orchards, and assorted vegetable crops. But by the time Wheat Ridge incorporated in 1969, residential and commercial development had eaten up much of the town's farmland."

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Urban Life and a Microscopic Attention | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Life and a Microscopic Attention | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
'Micro_urban' spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines, and our three dimensional gridded cities.
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"By seeing green roofs, green walls, sandwich spaces between buildings, and durational spaces together we have begun to imagine how people in cities could beginning greening well beyond new parks or retrofitted railways. "

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New York Times report on 'dead malls' uses Owings Mills as prime example - Baltimore Business Journal

New York Times report on 'dead malls' uses Owings Mills as prime example - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Kimco tells newspaper that it will persist in its largely vacant state through the end of 2015.
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"the intense competition from Towson Town Center and the closure of the mall's Saks Fifth Avenuein the 1990s has been a big reason Owings Mills Mall hasn't fared better." 

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Urban Walkability and Design | Sustainable Cities Collective

Urban Walkability and Design | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Not just the top ten, but the ten qualifiers of walkability used by the Brookings Institution in their assessment of neighborhoods. Walkability is a topic of major importance today because of its weight in improving urban economics. The ability to walk in a community is a function of the quality of the urban fabric.
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 Millenials and Baby-Boomers, who together represent the majority of American adults today, are driving less and seeking walkable places to live.

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L.A. Weighs Options for Fixing 4,400 Miles of Sidewalks – Next City

L.A. Weighs Options for Fixing 4,400 Miles of Sidewalks – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Either individual homeowners or the city must pay for crucial repairs to achieve the city’s walkability dreams.
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"If you give a ficus 30 to 40 years, it will sprout to a majestic height, comfortably above the roofline of the average ranch-style house. Meanwhile, as Senior Arborist Lisa Eremita of TreePeople, a nonprofit that advocates for a healthy urban forest in Los Angeles, explains, the ficus has a “buttress root system,” meaning that its roots flare out at the base above ground. They wreak havoc on whatever lies in their way.“Now we are experiencing the non-planning of [decades] ago...” 

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