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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Baltimore and Technologies Utilization | Sustainable Cities Collective

Baltimore and Technologies Utilization | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In the last two years, the City of Baltimore has made progress improving access to City services through the use of technology, specifically with web and mobile applications. At the epicenter of this progress has been the launch of Open Baltimore and the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
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"In 2013, Baltimore’s Mayor’s Office of IT (MOIT) and the former Greater Baltimore Technology Council (gb.tc) hosted Hack the Parks, an event which resulted in five tech and non-tech projects being awarded city grants. The projects resulting from Hack the Parks were intended to solve a range of maintenance and sustainability issues facing the city’s parks and recreation facilities, from mapping invasive vines in Leakin Park to planting native mushrooms as a way of preventing soil erosion in Druid Hill Park."

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conservation incentive tax bill

conservation incentive tax bill | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"Typically these contributions are conservation easements, but a donation of an entire interest by the donor also qualifies" - an important criterion for NeighborSpace, since most of our donated land is in fee.
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BCHS | Program | Events

BCHS | Program | Events | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it

Baltimore's Suburbanization & Outward Growth: Explore how Baltimore’s suburbanization has impacted, and been effected by, changes in urban and suburban demographics, transportation, housing practices, city and county planning, and poverty and tax policies.

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2:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday, November 15, 2014 

Rockland Hall, Owings Mills Campus, Stevenson University 
1101 Owings Mills Boulevard, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

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First, Do No Harm to Pedestrians and Bicyclists

First, Do No Harm to Pedestrians and Bicyclists | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"Primum non nocere" (or "First, do no harm") is a fundamental principle of medical ethics. Despite the many and varied achievements of medical science (hand washing before moving on to a new patient, anesthesia and antibiotics), it is still taught to medical students as a reminder of the limits of their craft and the need…
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Here are the reflections of a “recovering” engineer:

“When people would tell me that they did not want a wider street, I would tell them that they had to have it for safety reasons .... In retrospect I understand that this was utter insanity."


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How Our Streets Can Make Us Healthier - Livability.com Best Places Blog – Livability.com Blog

I was struck by this quote in a new paper by Wesley E. Marshall et al. from the University of Colorado Denver’s Department of Civil Engineering: “It might not be common for people to explicitly contemplate health when selecting a place to live.” At Livability, it’s one of the eight characteristics we measure for our…
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"While others have discussed the need to retrofit suburbia, the authors of this study also point to the opportunity to develop for the projected U.S. population growth by building areas that at least have a chance of helping people stay healthier. Better zoning would certainly help that goal. So would a conscious effort to think about how the place we live shapes the way we live."

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Interactive map: Greater Baltimore's wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes - Baltimore Business Journal

Interactive map: Greater Baltimore's wealthiest and poorest ZIP codes - Baltimore Business Journal | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Every year we take a look at the area’s wealthiest ZIP codes in the Baltimore Business Journal, and this year we decided we should also look at the poorest.
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"here is an interactive map of the 20 wealthiest and 20 poorest ZIP codes in Greater Baltimore. The green points on the map mark the wealthiest, and the blue points, the poorest. As you can see, the poorest are mostly concentrated in Baltimore itself, some even in the central business district. And the wealthiest lie in the counties, especially Howard."

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Towson seeks to put canines, and their walkers, on patrol against crime

Towson seeks to put canines, and their walkers, on patrol against crime | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Poet, an 8-year-old German shepherd, was training to be a drug-sniffing dog until he flunked his smell test. But his law enforcement career wasn't over.
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"Dog walkers are increasingly popular among neighborhood watch groups because they have a regular route and know when something looks odd ..."

Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-county/bs-md-co-canines-on-patrol-20140810,0,7216804.story#ixzz3AQhrLZTV

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Income Inequality in Physical Space: Exiling the Poor to the Back Door

As city and suburban real estate markets start to rebound, some look to banish the poor out of their sight.
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"“a number of developments have separate entrances ‘so the two social strata don’t have to meet.’” Good grief!

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Elly Blue: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy - RTC TrailBlog - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy

Elly Blue: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy - RTC TrailBlog - Rails-to-Trails Conservancy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Elly Blue knows a thing or two about bikes. In fact, she’s been riding, talking and writing about them for most of her adult life.
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"Bikes are not the end all, be all, but they are a way that people are taking back public space, and it is a way to show how powerful we can be when we organize around bikes."
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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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A Visit to Citygarden, St. Louis, MO, 8/10/2014

A Visit to Citygarden, St. Louis, MO, 8/10/2014 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As part of this year's advocacy summit, we were fortunate to tour Citygarden, a 2.9 acre urban park and sculpture garden in St. Louis. The park was an ASLA2011 Prof. Award Recipient. It cost$30 M to d...
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I had the good fortune to represent the Md. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at ASLA's annual advocacy summit in St. Louis, MO this weekend and to participate in a tour of Citygarden, a truly magnificent park and sculpture garden. 

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Inside Foot Traffic Ahead: sub-urban places and the future of walkability   | Smart Growth America

Inside Foot Traffic Ahead: sub-urban places and the future of walkability   | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Inside Foot Traffic Ahead: sub-urban places and the future of walkability | Smart Growth America http://t.co/3mCze4tcrk
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Are unused parking lots costing cities money? | Al Jazeera America

Are unused parking lots costing cities money? | Al Jazeera America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Transportation expert Angie Schmitt discusses how much money and land cities are losing with wasted parking spaces
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Roadmap for a Successful Urban Farm: Cultivate Community Acceptance | Center for a Livable Future

Roadmap for a Successful Urban Farm: Cultivate Community Acceptance | Center for a Livable Future | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Boone Street Farm: Before What do you see here? A vacant lot? Neighborhood blight? Unfulfilled ambitions? Or do you see untapped potential, a plot rich in
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What does it take to create a successful urban farm? The answer mirrors what it takes to create a successful NeighborSpace site: community buy-in. "Community buy-in refers to a particular community’s acceptance and support of a project. If a project goes forward without this endorsement, community members are unlikely to participate or be supportive and may feel antagonistic toward its presence. Just as a seedling requires proper soil conditions and maintenance to thrive, an urban farm requires a supportive social environment and ongoing engagement with the community."

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The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure...
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"For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to lower health care costs and less pollution and traffic ..."
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Sept 21 - Save the Date!

Sept 21 - Save the Date! | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Please join us on Sept. 21

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Project for Public Spaces | What is Placemaking?

Project for Public Spaces | What is Placemaking? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"IT TAKES A PLACE TO CREATE A COMMUNITY, AND A COMMUNITY TO CREATE A PLACE"
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Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
People in dense cities are thinner and have healthier hearts than people in sprawling subdivisions. New research says the secret is in the patterns of the streets.
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Want to stay healthy, don't live on a cul de sac
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Searching For a Sense of Home

Searching For a Sense of Home | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Do Americans buy a sense of home from the store? How can we create meaningful, authentic connections to the places we live?
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When you're traveling, where do you say your are from and why?  

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DNR seeks to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder park

DNR seeks to buy easement on parcel next to Gunpowder park | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Hikers may soon be able to walk on extended public trails in the Sweet Air section of Gunpowder Falls State Park in Baltimore County, and anglers may have additional access to the Sawmill Branch of...
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"Wilson said the landowners worked with the department on the public access provision. This involves extending the current 18 miles of trails in the Sweet Air section along the Sawmill Branch, a tributary of the Little Gunpowder River, for at least another half-mile of trails.

"It's a heavily used trail," Wilson said of the Sawmill Branch. "All the public trails in the park are very popular.""

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Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore

Wait for the Bus inside a Giant Typographic Sculpture in Baltimore | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Residents of a neighborhood in Baltimore now have the most obvious place to wait for a bus ever designed. The ingenious stop is comprised of three 14' typographic sculptures that literally spell out the word "BUS" while functioning as benches and a novel leisure space. The
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The Real Challenge for Sustainability: Changing Entrenched Attitudes | Sustainable Cities Collective

The Real Challenge for Sustainability: Changing Entrenched Attitudes | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This website is a repository of exemplary initiatives in cities all over the world and technical solutions for various environmental and social problems.
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EVERYTHING HAS A STORY: The story behind the arch

EVERYTHING HAS A STORY: The story behind the arch | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This weekend I'm representing the Md. Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects at a meeting in St. Louis, MO, the location of the Arch, aka Gateway to the West. It's really quite an ama...
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Spent an afternoon here. Fabulous!

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Netvibes

Netvibes | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Amen, Klaus!We are fortunate to have Klaus as the current president of the NeighborSpace Board of Directors
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Protect or Profit?

Protect or Profit? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Nature Conservancy has come under fire for allowing drilling on its land.
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has the nature conservancy lost its moral compass?
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