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The New Economy: Work Closer, Live Smaller, Connect Better | Sustainable Cities Collective

The New Economy: Work Closer, Live Smaller, Connect Better | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  trends favor walkable neighborhoods (Washington, DC by: Dewita Soeharjono, creative commons license) (RT @kelectors: The New Economy: Work Closer, Live Smaller, Connect Better http://t.co/H3qvCmhZ...
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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports

Despite Cheaper Gas, Public Transit Ridership Is Up, Trade Group Reports | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Investment in transit around the country is leading to record-high ridership rates and more people leaving their cars at home despite low prices at the pump.
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“People are saying, ‘I came because of fuel prices; I’m staying because of the experience ...."

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Lincoln Institute of Land Policy > News & Events > At Lincoln House Blog

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-- "The big story of the year could well turn out to be the big story of the first half of this century, says Armando Carbonell, chair of the Department of Planning and Urban Form: the expected increase in global urban population by about 2.5 billion. Citing the work of former visiting fellow Shlomo “Solly” Angel (Planet of CitiesAtlas of Urban Expansion), The Economist notes how "cities are bound to grow, but they need planning to be liveable." As an alternative to creating new slums, this means anticipating growth and providing infrastructure and serviced land in the right locations, with good access to jobs."  The article goes on to lament the challenges of affordable housing and chronic homelessness in the U.S.

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Nonprofit becomes the steward of its first Catonsville property

Nonprofit becomes the steward of its first Catonsville property | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Embroiled in a controversy surrounding the future of an 11.01-acre parcel of land tucked off Frederick Road in Catonsville, the nonprofit land trust NeighborSpace of Baltimore County recently became the steward of a 6.75-acre tract of land in the nearby Dunmore community.
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We're very excited about permanently protecting this site in the Dunmore Community in Catonsville and take our hats off to the Dunmore Land Holding Company (DLH), Inc. (a group of neighbors) for all it has done over many years to conserve this resource for the community. For a short article about this terrific group and the wonderful people behind it, click here.

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Land Trust Alliance Teams with Environmental, Health Allies to Combat National Health Crisis of Nature Deficit Disorder — Land Trust Alliance

November 13, 2014 | Land Trust Alliance | Washington, D.C.
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"Investment in natural settings for healing, recreation and routine activities is investment in health – and it’s an investment that yields a very high return.”

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Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69

Lewis Baltz, Famed Photographer of Post-War Sprawl, Dies at 69 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"I tried to show myself as an anthropologist from a different solar system. What kind of new world was being built here?"
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 "A new world was being born," he said in a 1998 episode of Contacts. "It was simply a new, homogenized American environment that was marching across the land and being exported... And no one wanted to confront this."

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At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another

At Sparrows Point, implosion of blast furnace ends one era, starts another | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The 320-foot-tall blast furnace that once drove the steel-making operation at Sparrows Point will come crumbling down in dramatic fashion next month, the new owners announced Monday.
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"Sparrows Point Terminal, which is financially backed by local firm Redwood Capital Investments, has outlined plans to redevelop the site with manufacturing, logistics and port operations. The proposal has the blessing of Baltimore County officials, and in September the company signed a pact with state and federal environmental agencies for a $48 million cleanup on the site."

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“Nature’s recycling program” gets a little help from Baltimore County

“Nature’s recycling program” gets a little help from Baltimore County | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Materials such as grass, leaves, and small brush are collected and taken to the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh for composting. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of organic matter that is being landfilled. In 2013 approximately 11,000 tons of yard materials from the County’s Yard Materials Recycling Collection Program were processed into compost."

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A New Vocabulary for American Towns

A New Vocabulary for American Towns | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Three 21st-century words that are driving the nation's most dynamic municipalities
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COLLABORATE ... MAKER ... SUSTAINABLE

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Introducing Towson Row—a mixed-use development that’s bringing ultra-urban appeal to the heart of tree-lined Towson.

Introducing Towson Row—a mixed-use development that’s bringing ultra-urban appeal to the heart of tree-lined Towson. | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

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Not sure trees are a hallmark of any of this, at least yet.

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'Subirdia': Surprisingly, birds thrive in suburban areas

'Subirdia': Surprisingly, birds thrive in suburban areas | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"Welcome to Subirdia: Sharing Our Neighborhoods with Wrens, Robins, Woodpeckers, and Other Wildlife" by John Marzluff ; Yale University Press (303 pages, $30)
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"...the greatest bird diversity occurred not downtown, or even in forest reserves, but in outlying suburban neighborhoods "the jumbled collection of houses, allotments and gardens, derelict and vacant land, golf courses and other recreational sites, and by the cemeteries, schoolyards, highway and railway verges, business parks and shopping centres, situated amid the greenways that comprise suburbia..."

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What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain

What Architecture Is Doing to Your Brain | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Looking at buildings designed for contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive, measurable effects on your mental state.
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"The provisional conclusions of the study are that the brain behaves differently when exposed to contemplative and non-contemplative buildings, contemplative states elicited through “architectural aesthetics” are similar to the contemplation of traditional meditation in some ways, and different in other ways, and, finally, that “architectural design matters.”"

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Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices

Home sales jump but distressed properties drag down Baltimore area prices | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Sales of distressed properties in the Baltimore region continued to distort the area's real estate market in October, inflating overall sales but acting as a drag on home prices, according to the monthly report from the regional multiple listing service.
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"the picture of Baltimore City and five surrounding counties appeared darker than it is because of the flat median sales prices due to distressed property sales."

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Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America

Voters strongly support smart growth measures on Election Day 2014 | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Citizens of the Year honored in Towson

Mandy Stepp helped get a neighborhood park in Ridgely Manor — and started a community association in the process.
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Ground was broken in August, ending five years of community frustration over flooding and contamination from a nearby Hess gas station. Residents in the neighborhood of 200 brick duplexes sued Hess Corp., and Marks got involved. Hess settled the lawsuit, purchased and tore down 16 houses on the site, and built the 2-acre park in conjunction with NeighborSpace of Baltimore County and the Ridgely Manor Community Association, which formed in 2012, with Stepp as its president, soon after the lawsuit was settled.

"It feels good" to win a Citizen of the Year award, Stepp said, adding that the park has brought together many neighbors who didn't know one another. "It's nice to have recognition."

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Project for Public Spaces | Diverse Funders are Converging on Placemaking

Project for Public Spaces | Diverse Funders are Converging on Placemaking | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are myriad issues that government agencies, NGOs, and philanthropic organizations must address in their efforts to strengthen communities—economic growth, environmental degradation, affordability, social isolation, access to affordable food and services, freedom of self-expression, to name only a few. Rather than tackling each of these issues separately, more and more groups are aligning around Placemaking as a strategy that not only addresses these disparate agendas, but also shines a light on the critical ways in which they intersect. Quickly catching on to this trend, organizations are beginning to fund multiple Placemaking projects and programs.
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There are myriad issues that government agencies, NGOs, and philanthropic organizations must address in their efforts to strengthen communities—economic growth, environmental degradation, affordability, social isolation, access to affordable food and services, freedom of self-expression, to name only a few. Rather than tackling each of these issues separately, more and more groups are aligning around Placemaking as a strategy that not only addresses these disparate agendas, but also shines a light on the critical ways in which they intersect.Quickly catching on to this trend, organizations are beginning to fund multiple Placemaking projects and programs.

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Yes, Maryland, there's a lot of plastic in the Bay!

Yes, Maryland, there's a lot of plastic in the Bay! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Stiv Wilson, from our project partner 5 Gyres, roughly estimated the plastic pollution to be 10 times the density of the samples he's pulled from oceanic gyres. 

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Community questions density of proposed Towson Mews

Community questions density of proposed Towson Mews | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Towson Mews, a proposed development of 35 townhouses with two-car garages on 1.2 acres in East Towson, received a chilly reception at a community input meeting Monday night.
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"A crowd of about 50 people at the East Towson Carver Community Center peppered project officials with questions about the size of the project and the potential influx of new neighbors, cars and traffic."

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How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable

How Political Leadership Makes City Streets Bikeable | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh's Mayor Bill Peduto shows what political will and determination can do.
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"... when you invest heavily in connectivity, and safety, and comfort for biking, you see the rate of that activity skyrocket."

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How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway

How the Danish Cooperated to Build a Bicycle Superhighway | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Getting the 22 municipalities involved to agree was not easy, but the outcome is revolutionary.
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"It won’t surprise anyone to hear that Copenhagen, world famous for its bicycling culture, is up to something big with bikes. What’s less well known is how Copenhagen’s latest innovation happened. It’s a remarkable story of regional cooperation, forged by one big city and 21 of its smaller suburban neighbors, who came together around a common vision for moving commuters from using their cars to riding their bicycles." 

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Redeveloping Our Cities for the Future > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

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"The last half-century of urban growth has provided a cautionary tale about the seduction of sprawl—a path of least resistance that generates quick profits but unsustainable development. Our ability to manage our ecological footprint and minimize our global impact will be tied inextricably to our ability to plan and construct more dense and efficient human settlements."

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Can the Urban Dream Work in the Suburbs? - Vegas Seven

Can the Urban Dream Work in the Suburbs? - Vegas Seven | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The rise of Downtown Summerlin forces a local architect to rethink just what “downtown” means—and how new definitions might change the face of the Valley
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"... it’s reasonable to ask whether there can even be legitimate edge cities or “second cities” in the Valley. I believe the “edge city” would be not only possible here, but valuable. It’s become fashionable to dismiss the edge as, at best, a necessary evil for a housing-hungry population—an ecologically and culturally unhealthy blemish on the city. But while we can make it a priority to better manage future growth, today’s suburbs are not going away. - See more at: http://vegasseven.com/2014/11/19/downtown-summerlin-can-the-urban-dream-work-in-the-suburbs/#sthash.3MKXRna2.dpuf

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Livin The Dog Life

Livin The Dog Life | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Dog Park Products and Dog Park Equipment - Livin The Dog Life
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Attending the national meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in Denver - turns out there is a company whose sole mission is to outfit dog parks - who knew?

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Confronting Suburban Poverty

Confronting Suburban Poverty | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Attending a great seminar today by Elizabeth Kneebone on the rise of suburban poverty including in Baltimore County.
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Great website on the topic
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Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Should Community Land Trusts Rank Higher in the Affordable Housing Toolbox? > Lincoln Institute of Land Policy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Democratically controlled community land trusts remain the best way forward in today’s context, when government is reluctant to either finance public housing or dramatically expand rent regulations.” But perhaps cities should be looking for the right mixture of inclusionary zoning and community land trusts. Community land trusts (CLTs) are locally based non-profit corporations that acquire properties in their home territory through private donation or the use of government subsidies.

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Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags

Baltimore City Council moves to ban plastic bags | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore's City Council moved to ban plastic bags handed out by grocery stores and big-box retailers Monday after dumping a proposal to charge a 5-cent fee for the bags to discourage their use.
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"The proposed ban would make Baltimore one of the first East Coast cities to outlaw plastic bags — decried for littering Baltimore's waterways. But it faces many obstacles before becoming law."

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