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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Smart Growth and Economic Success | Smart Growth | US EPA

Smart Growth and Economic Success | Smart Growth | US EPA | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Changing demographics and preferences, along with changes in where business choose to locate, are two trends that are creating new market opportunities for infill development. However, infill development can present barriers that discourage developers. Our new report, Smart Growth and Economic Success: Investing in Infill Development, discusses how these barriers are often surmountable and are beginning to diminish as infill development becomes more common. Lower infrastructure costs, combined with higher rent and sales prices, can help make infill projects profitable for developers, and also support neighborhoods that are better for the environment and improve quality of life.

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

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And now for a look at land use problems elsewhere: "zombie subdivisions" of the intermountain west.

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MARLIN Makes Traffic Lights Smarter

MARLIN Makes Traffic Lights Smarter | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A self-learning traffic system means less waiting at intersections.
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"MARLIN has proven successful in virtual tests, cutting travel times by 25 percent and reducing delays at intersections by 40 percent."

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Ten things planners need to know about demographics and the future real estate market | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Ten things planners need to know about demographics and the future real estate market | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  Professor Arthur C. Nelson, of the University of Utah, has made a career out of studying the relationships between demographic and real estate market trends.  He predicted the 2007 collapse of the housing market because of oversupply of key housing...
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"the growth in demand for new housing over the next 30 years will consist primarily of demand for smaller homes on smaller lots, a reversal of the type of demand that fueled sprawl in the late 20th century."

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"Report from State Circle" Articles on Legislation | LWV Maryland

"Report from State Circle" Articles on Legislation | LWV Maryland | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
plenty to chew on here on program open space and stormwater
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Steve's News from Annapolis -

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Publishing Steve's news owing to the bills that impact livability within the URDL, and there are a couple worthy of note.

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Restoring 4600 Miles of Maryland Degraded Waters & the Stormwater Fee

Restoring 4600 Miles of Maryland Degraded Waters & the Stormwater Fee | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Though no Maryland home is more than a 15-minute walk from the nearest waterway, the waters closest to 70% of us are unfit for our use due to stormwater pollution and related impacts.  The stormwat...
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If we truly want to improve livability within the URDL, we can't let the stormwater law be repealed. 

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How Do Foreclosures Affect Property Values and Property Taxes?

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They say the impact on local revenues is a mixed bag. I'm no expert in this area, but it does seem to me in tracking real estate listings that we have more than a few foreclosed properties in communities within the URDL in the wake of the economic downturn. 

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Five ways to think about greener, healthier cities

Five ways to think about greener, healthier cities | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
I like to consider “people habitat” – the realm of places that humans build and inhabit – as having an ecology of its own, roughly analogous to that of natural wildlife habitat. ...
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"When revitalization of our distressed neighborhoods and older towns is done well, it is almost unrivaled in its ability to advance simultaneously the “triple bottom line” goals of sustainability:  improving the environment, the economy, and social equity" - and these are the goals of our nearly complete mapping project.

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Support the Stormwater Fee in Three Minutes or Less | Blue Water Baltimore

Support the Stormwater Fee in Three Minutes or Less | Blue Water Baltimore | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Your legislators need to know that YOU want to protect the stormwater fee and they need to know this week. Here's how you can do it.
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Suburbs Emit More Carbon Dioxide than Cities - Study | Sustainable Cities Collective

Suburbs Emit More Carbon Dioxide than Cities - Study | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Which municipalities and locations within the United States contribute the most to household greenhouse gas emissions?
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Suburbs alone account for half of total U.S. household carbon footprints, they say.

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Great public space 'never ceases to yield happiness,' book says

Great public space 'never ceases to yield happiness,' book says | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Happy City, Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design, a book by Charles Montgomery, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013, 359 pp., $27 hardcover.
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Sprawl, the enemy of happiness: the average American’s network of relationships has been shrinking. Almost half the population say they have no one, or just one person, in whom they can confide....

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Faraday’s Stylish New Bicycle Will Change How You Think About E-Bikes | TechCrunch

Faraday’s Stylish New Bicycle Will Change How You Think About E-Bikes | TechCrunch | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Faraday Bicycles has created an electronic bike that was built to be stylish, functional, and a lot of fun to ride. We got a preview of the company's first..
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Walkable places are economical, too

Walkable places are economical, too | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
We know city living is in demand, but the fact that cities still reduce cost of living relative to drive-only suburbs needs to be more widely recognized.
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Each additional point of Walk Score (walkscore.com) is associated with between a $700 and $3,000 increase in home values. Especially interesting when you consider walk scores of towns within the URDL. 

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The top 10 US cities for public transportation | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

The top 10 US cities for public transportation | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  The folks who have brought us the wonderful app Walk Score and who also generate “transit scores” for neighborhoods and cities have just issued new rankings of the best cities in the US for taking public transportation.  In particular,...
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Surprised that Baltimore is #8 on this list?

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Comprehensive plans – helping or hurting?

Comprehensive plans – helping or hurting? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Easy steps can be taken to provide more vision and effectiveness for a municipal road map to the future.
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"Without thorough implementation, a comprehensive plan’s true potential has been wasted."

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Environmentalists slam new bay pact

Environmentalists slam new bay pact | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Environmentalists are slamming a new draft Chesapeake Bay restoration agreement for failing to address toxic pollution or even mention climate change as a complicating factor in the three-decade effort to revive the ailing estuary.
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DNR Seeking Public Input on Proposed Recreation Plan for State Lands | DNR News

DNR Seeking Public Input on Proposed Recreation Plan for State Lands | DNR News | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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The proposed plan helps to guide land conservation and the development of outdoor recreation opportunities over the next five years, aiming to: provide Maryland’s citizens and visitors with safe and easily accessible amenities; encourage the enjoyment and stewardship of Maryland’s natural world; and balance outdoor recreation land use with natural and cultural resource protection.

The Land Preservation and Recreation Plan also serves as Maryland’s Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan, and upon final approval by the National Park Service, qualifies the State to receive land acquisition money through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity

Health and smart growth: Safety tops obesity | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are two primary fronts in the healthy communities movement — safety and obesity. A stronger emphasis on safety is more likely to succeed with citizens and public officials.
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Once you hoist this aboard, it really puts a "complete streets" policy at the top of the list of pedestrian improvements in "retrofitting suburdlia." We have some leaders in the County who understand this.

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Why historic post offices matter, and what might help save them | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Why historic post offices matter, and what might help save them | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  When a city or town loses a historic building in its center, it loses a piece of its identity, part of the “there” that communities must have to distinguish themselves, to be cared for and loved.  It is important,...
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I don't know how many such buildings there may be in communities other than Towson in our county, but the building in Towson does have a historic bearing. One can't help but agree with Kaid Benfield, here.

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Dan Burden, articulate on how to create walkable communities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Dan Burden, articulate on how to create walkable communities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  Americans walk less on a regular basis than the residents of almost every other comparable country.  We’re also one of the most unfit and overweight countries in the world.  We need to address both issues at once by making...
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Controlling for poverty, urban places are thinner

Controlling for poverty, urban places are thinner | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Some commentators have trotted out the old argument that plenty of city-dwellers, especially in poor areas, are fat, so sprawl doesn't matter to obesity. The data suggests otherwise.
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When one controls for poverty, obesity is concentrated in the suburbs - shocking!

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Hamburg's ambitious green network addresses nature, climate resilience, sustainable transportation | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Hamburg's ambitious green network addresses nature, climate resilience, sustainable transportation | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  The German city of Hamburg, the 2011 European Green Capital, has announced an ambitious plan to create and link an amazing 27 square miles of new and existing green space all over the city.  The result will be a...
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Hamburg: a city of considerable green ambition - [The plan] will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens and cemeteries through green paths.  Other cities, including London, have green rings, but the green network will be unique in covering an area from the outskirts to the city centre.  In 15 to 20 years you'll be able to explore the city exclusively on bike and foot."

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Green spaces 'improve mental health'

Green spaces 'improve mental health' | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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From the UK: green spaces improve well being -" we really need at a policy level is to decide where the money is going to come from to help support good quality local green spaces."

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The Rise Of The Modern American Streetcars

The Rise Of The Modern American Streetcars | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The comeback of streetcars in cities across America is real and happening. Why on earth did they go away in the first place?
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