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Who Really Owns Public Spaces?

Who Really Owns Public Spaces? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A new exhibit at the AIA New York Center for Architecture examines the changing function of parks and other open urban centers.
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"All of this new attention to the design and character of public space is thus quite welcome, but there are all kinds of thorny questions marbled in: rules and regulations, free speech, access and equity. Is the pedestrian zone of Times Square mostly for tourists? Who are the best new public spaces actually being designed for? A park is no longer just a park; as a stage for the theater of public life, it's become more complicated."

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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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The Public Spaces of the Future: Up for Negotiation | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Public Spaces of the Future: Up for Negotiation | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The public spaces of the future ... will be formed by powerful forces: communities unwilling to – or unable to – withhold their influence on public space or remain passive in meeting their own needs.

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Helping the 13% Who are food insecure in Baltimore County

Helping the 13% Who are food insecure in Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore Food Justice Summit
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Attending the summit today to learn how we can use our lands to address food insecurity in the County.
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Urban health centers: tear down this wall

Urban health centers: tear down this wall | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The health care industry’s impact on cities and regions—through job creation, purchasing, and real estate development—has gained increasing attention in recent years, and for good reason. Yet largely absent from the discussion is consideration of how the physical character of urban health centers, and the relationship they in turn have with their surrounding neighborhoods, could be more supportive of expanded and evolving ideas for what it takes to build a healthier society.
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Cities throughout the country are working to use institutional open space more holistically by evolving their vast healthcare centers into community places that support collaboration and connection.

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Green spaces boost Baltimore's bottom line

Green spaces boost Baltimore's bottom line | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A bill currently before the City Council would provide property tax exemption for community maintained green spaces. How would that affect the bottom line in our cash-strapped city? Just fine. A study of community gardens in New York showed a substantial increase in property taxes near community gardens.
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A large body of research has established that people with access to a little bit of nature — or even a view — are healthier than people who have no access.

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Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy (SSIR)

Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy (SSIR) | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Grantmakers should provide enough money for nonprofits to pay for all their operations, not just programs and services.
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  • 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.
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This Beautifully Illustrated Book Shows Kids A Sustainable Urban Future

This Beautifully Illustrated Book Shows Kids A Sustainable Urban Future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Think Richard Scarry, but with more bikes, high-speed rail, and wind turbines.
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"I think there's a lot of room to get kids excited about ... what kind of world do we want to live in, what kinds of things do we want to see around us, and how can we make those things," she says.

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CNU group seeks to Build a Better Burb | CNU

CNU group seeks to Build a Better Burb | CNU | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"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,”

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NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People US

NPS Healthy Parks Healthy People US | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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This workbook is intended as an outline and quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development of a park or trail.

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Choosing the Unwalkable Suburbs, or Settling for Them?

Choosing the Unwalkable Suburbs, or Settling for Them? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Suburban governments across the U.S. may be making it difficult for young families who want something different to find it.
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"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."

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Docs in the Park

Docs in the Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Attending the 2016 MD Land Trust Summit where Dr. Maria Brown reported on Docs in the Park, which seeks to partner physicians with local parks to promote healthy active living
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Where a Slice of Green Space Combats Stress

Where a Slice of Green Space Combats Stress | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"We don't distinguish between a park and a vacant lot."
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“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.

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Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson

Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson.
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Bay Journal - Article: Despite progress, region still lags in Bay cleanup efforts

Bay Journal - Article: Despite progress, region still lags in Bay cleanup efforts | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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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.

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Preservation group launches petition to reuse, rather than demolish, Bel-Loc Diner

Preservation group launches petition to reuse, rather than demolish, Bel-Loc Diner | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Preservation Maryland launched a petition Monday asking Starbucks to reconsider using the existing Bel-Loc Diner instead of building a new coffee shop
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"I think with the right amount of creativity and innovation pretty much any structure can be saved."

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Henry Beston on Human Nature and the Power of Community

Henry Beston on Human Nature and the Power of Community | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"Perhaps there is still time to take a stand for the Kingdom of Life; it needs defenders. Perhaps, mighty as its enemies may be, allies will come who are even
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Beston points to the power of community as our greatest saving grace in the face of meaninglessness and destruction — a sentiment all the timelier today, in a divisive culture intent on finding more and more ways of making us cleave rather than converge.

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What if green space was just as close to home as fried chicken, beer and cigarettes?

What if green space was just as close to home as fried chicken, beer and cigarettes? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
News and Views May 25, 2016 The Corner Store. We all have a mental image of one. If you've ever lived near one, you went there because you had a need that demanded quick and convenient fulfillment
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Grants Awarded to Local Churches to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Grants Awarded to Local Churches to Reduce Stormwater Runoff | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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Capturing a county's past

Capturing a county's past | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Towson neighbors worry over fate of Presbyterian Home property

Towson neighbors worry over fate of Presbyterian Home property | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

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112 Years Later: Baltimore’s Trail Network Vision Is Coming of Age

112 Years Later: Baltimore’s Trail Network Vision Is Coming of Age | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. of the Olmsted Brothers Firm painted a visionary picture for Baltimore in his comprehensive 1904 Report Upo
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These efforts can't stop at the boundary with Baltimore County!

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BGE Energy Saving Trees Program

BGE Energy Saving Trees Program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Two- to four-foot trees will be mailed directly from the Arbor Day Foundation nursery to your home with easy-to-follow instructions on how and where to plant.
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Two- to four-foot trees will be mailed directly from the Arbor Day Foundation nursery to your home with easy-to-follow instructions on how and where to plant.

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More Open Space, Walkability, and Multifamily Are Future of Suburbs - Urban Land Magazine

“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.
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"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.”

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Bay Journal - Article: Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration

Bay Journal - Article: Small woodlots are a big deal to the Chesapeake’s restoration | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The Alliance uses the Woods in Your Backyard program as a tool for reaching out to owners of these 2- to 10-acre parcels and helping them to manage their woodlot and enhance their other natural areas.

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Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson

Baltimore County to consider new zoning rules for downtown Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Baltimore County Council will consider new zoning rules to guide development in booming downtown Towson.
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