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Bottled Water Comes From the Most Drought-Ridden Places in the Country | Mother Jones

Popular brands like Aquafina and Dasani source from catastrophically dry parts of the West.
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Developer wants to build homes on Middle River's last waterfront parcel

Developer wants to build homes on Middle River's last waterfront parcel | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"The civic council tried to convince the county to buy the land for use as a park, but it didn't work out ...."

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Baltimore County groups brace for rezoning battles as CZMP process begins

Baltimore County groups brace for rezoning battles as CZMP process begins | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Kamenetz Statement on the Red Line

Kamenetz Statement on the Red Line | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"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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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: Courses, Conferences, Seminars and Lectures

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: Courses, Conferences, Seminars and Lectures | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
the concepts, practices, and frameworks that conservation groups are using to protect and restore America’s rivers.
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The evolving role of land trusts in protecting water resources.

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City, county leaders want to rename Robert E. Lee Park

City, county leaders want to rename Robert E. Lee Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz called Monday for Robert E. Lee Park to be renamed, as a national debate over the role of Confederate symbols plays out across the country.
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The county had issued a letter to the Rawlings-Blake administration to rename the park Lake Roland Park, but needs the city's approval to do so.



"In a region as diverse as the Baltimore metropolitan area, the new name is much more sensitive to the diverse population that visits and utilizes the park," Baltimore County Administrative Officer Fred Homan wrote in a letter on behalf of Kamenetz.

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Towson Spokes Project to Improve Bike Access - County Seeks Public Input

Towson Spokes Project to Improve Bike Access - County Seeks Public Input | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend and provide feedback  Thursday, July 16 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Towson Library Meeting Room, 320 York Road, Towson, Maryland 21204. 

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Young People and Placemaking: Engaging Youth to Create Community Places - Project for Public Spaces

Young People and Placemaking: Engaging Youth to Create Community Places - Project for Public Spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
-*+Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up "loitering" in other spaces. The following are just a few of the successful examples from around the world where young people were involved in Placemaking.
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"Young people use public spaces just as much as anyone else, if not more. And yet, too often young people, or young adults between the ages of 12 to 25, are not included in the process of Placemaking and end up “loitering” in other spaces."

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Active cities 'boost bottom lines' - BBC News

Active cities 'boost bottom lines' - BBC News | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Cities that actively promote physical activities enjoy increased economic activity and reduced healthcare and crime costs, research suggests.
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"areas designed for physical activities have increased retail activity and revenue, and lower healthcare and crime costs."

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Balto. Co. councilman says he'll block Fort Howard redevelopment

Balto. Co. councilman says he'll block Fort Howard redevelopment | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A developer's plans for turning a crumbling waterfront Veterans Affairs property into more than 1,300 homes took a hit Thursday night.
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"It's not going to happen. Not on my watch," said Crandell, a Dundalk Republican.

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Towson Residents Continue Call for Open Space

Towson Residents Continue Call for Open Space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Council considers revising how much developers pay in Towson toward open space in community.
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Currently, the Towson Recreation Council is paying more than $50,000 annually for private fields because the county is not providing adequate open space for the area’s children, according to WBAL.

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Baltimore metro ranks 19th out of 50 metro areas on 2015 American Fitness Survey

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Fewer acres of parkland per capita, fewer dog parks per capita, &Lower park-related expenditures per capita lead to Baltimore-Towson-Columbia region being ranked 19th out 50 of the largest metros in 2015 American Fitness Survey

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Millennials Aren’t Happy About Their Housing Options – Next City

Millennials Aren’t Happy About Their Housing Options – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
New report measures how satisfied Americans are with their communities.
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"Americans of all income levels share many quality of life priorities: walkable neighborhoods, green space, and access to fresh food and public transit."

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GTCCA Press Release: The 101 York Project and Open Space

GTCCA Press Release: The 101 York Project and Open Space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

The 101 York Project and Open Space There is much confusion about the current state of...

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  1. The original plan is still alive and has not been affected. 
  2. A bill that will revise the open space fees paid by developers will be introduced in the County Council on Monday, July 6. 
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Developer agrees to withdraw 101 York project, for now

Developer agrees to withdraw 101 York project, for now | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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 .
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"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."

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Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple

Hogan says no to Red Line, yes to Purple | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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.
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"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."

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Introducing “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros” | Smart Growth America

Introducing “The WalkUP Wake-Up Call: Michigan Metros” | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"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."

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Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design - Project for Public Spaces

Great Communities Grow at the Intersection of Health and Design - Project for Public Spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
-*+Little exercise and poor diets are not just serious problems on foreign battlefields but here at home for people of all ages, according to a delegation of public health experts meeting with Minnesota citizens during the 4th annual Placemaking residency. The event, which sparked discussion of looming health issues across the Twin Cities, was sponsored by the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation in partnership with more than 50 local organizations.
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"This building of America for the benefit of cars is starting to backfire. We should put people first.”

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Playgrounds at Last! Seniors Get Their Day in the Park

Playgrounds at Last! Seniors Get Their Day in the Park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Playgrounds for seniors are beginning to pop up around the U.S., following the lead of Asia and Europe.
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"Designed to promote flexibility and balance, these playgrounds can help prevent falls among older adults by making low-tech versions of elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and body flexors available to the young at heart."

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Bay Journal - Article: STAR award highlights Baltimore’s green efforts

Bay Journal - Article: STAR award highlights Baltimore’s green efforts | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"The award comes from STAR- Sustainable Tools for Assessing and Rating Communities. It honors the city for adapting for climate change, its work in urban agricultural food production and its commitment to turning vacant lots into green spaces."

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Baltimore County seeks to acquire parkland in Towson

Baltimore County seeks to acquire parkland in Towson | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced Friday that the County will acquire 2.5 acres to be used for passive parkland in Towson.

 
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Community gardening group branches out with urban forest program

Community gardening group branches out with urban forest program | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The birds were chirping and the trees stood tall as Miriam Avins went walking in a patch of urban woods.
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Congratulations to our friends at Baltimore Green Space for their terrific work in preserving forest patches in the City.

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Towson Residents Continue Call for Open Space

Towson Residents Continue Call for Open Space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Council considers revising how much developers pay in Towson toward open space in community.
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Currently, the Towson Recreation Council is paying more than $50,000 annually for private fields because the county is not providing adequate open space for the area’s children, according to WBAL.

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Baltimore County Council to consider new developer fees for open space

Baltimore County Council to consider new developer fees for open space | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
For months, community activists have argued that developers in Towson should be forced to do more to help the government buy and preserve parkland.
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NeighborSpace, a nonprofit land preservation organization, disagrees with the report. It plans to propose a new fee schedule that's simpler with fewer exemptions. More developers would pay into the program, it says, generating more money.

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Gil Penalosa: Citizens Can’t Be Spectators in Urban Planning – Next City

Gil Penalosa: Citizens Can’t Be Spectators in Urban Planning – Next City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The former Bogota, Colombia, parks chief makes the case for effective city activism.
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"Citizens can no longer be spectators, they must participate,” says Penalosa." (I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Penalosa at a ULI event in Detroit last summer.  It's hard to argue with him on this point).

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