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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Foreclosed and Financially Stranded at the Ramada Inn - Economy - Utne Reader

Foreclosed and Financially Stranded at the Ramada Inn - Economy - Utne Reader | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Middle-class status is now out of reach for a group of people who, less than a decade ago, were financially secure.
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Homelessness in the suburbs

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Group Aims to Make Baltimore More Livable Through Better Transit Options

Group Aims to Make Baltimore More Livable Through Better Transit Options | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The grassroots group Transit Choices will go to City Hall in January with a list of low-cost, high-impact improvements to transit projects that it wou
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Why community design is important to public health

Why community design is important to public health | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Claims related to community design and health should be modest. Yet with health care consuming more than 17 percent of the US economy, even a modest improvement can make a significant impact.
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"That daily trip, on foot, to the park, elementary school, or store may seem unimportant. Yet it may make the difference, in the long run, as to whether a family member becomes overweight, which in turn contributes to myriad health problems."

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RAIN TAX MESSAGING.December.18.2013.docx

RAIN TAX MESSAGING.December.18.2013.docx | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Good advice on messaging about the stormwater fee and an excellent summary of fees in each County - all of which will be challenged in the upcoming legislative session.

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The Biggest World Cities To Scale... Guess Who's Are The Sprawliest?

The Biggest World Cities To Scale... Guess Who's Are The Sprawliest? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
54 major world cities, head-to-head. USA and Eastern Asia show their urban might.I wish I could tell you that there is a diverse range of continents represented in the top 10, or even top 20, of those, but I can't.
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Even our cities exhibit sprawl when compared to urban areas around the world - 8 world cities with a combined population  of 100 million fit into the size of Atlanta.

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Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Across the country, homebuyers are embracing subdivisions that make farms a central amenity.
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County Council Implements 'Complete Streets' Policy

County Council Implements 'Complete Streets' Policy | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The policy is intended to increase accessibility to roadways for bicyclists and pedestrians in Baltimore County.
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This policy is designed to make the county's roadways usable for pedestrians, bicyclists and modes of transportation other than cars.

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The Future Of Transport Is About Sharing

The Future Of Transport Is About Sharing | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Urban transport's third revolution: sharing systems. More than gadgets for blasé urban dwellers, Justinien Tribillon analyses why and how these schemes constitute a growing trend in urban transportation infrastructures.
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The Growing Problem of Suburban Poverty - Economy - Utne Reader

The Growing Problem of Suburban Poverty - Economy - Utne Reader | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
There are still plenty of poor people in the cities, but suburban poverty is a bigger problem.
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Debbie Zacarian's curator insight, December 22, 2013 9:49 AM

With 49% of the nation's students living in poverty, we have to understand it as more than an urban problem

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How the complete streets movement took hold

How the complete streets movement took hold | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Communications and coalition-building were key to adopting 500 complete streets policies nationwide. Now we need to implement those policies.
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When it comes to complete streets, design matters.

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Baltimore County completes $2M Tidal Back River Greening Project to reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality

Baltimore County completes $2M Tidal Back River Greening Project  to reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
TOWSON – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz stood on the banks of Back River on Wednesday morning alongside local community leaders, environmental advocates, and officials to mark the completion of an ambitious $2 million project to...
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Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement

Health, Happiness, and the New Walking Movement | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
How walking could revitalize our bodies and communities.
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Birth of a movement - walking

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Shareable Cities

Shareable Cities | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Can the Sharing Cities Network fuel a people-powered economy?
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Toward an economy based on sharing resources and skills

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Freddy T Nelson's curator insight, January 5, 2014 8:31 PM

This seems like a good idea. I remember as a child, that this is how the community that I grew up in, operated.

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Overlooked: the Role of Industry in Making Cities Sustainable | Sustainable Cities Collective

Overlooked: the Role of Industry in Making Cities Sustainable | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In the drive to make cities more sustainable industry is often overlooked because when authorities attempt to pressurise the sector, squeals of "But jobs!" and "Competitiveness!
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Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Commercial Property | NRDC

Green Stormwater Infrastructure, Commercial Property | NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
NRDC: How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value
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How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure (water quality management techniques the mimic hydrolic functions - e.g. rain gardens) Creates Value

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Maximizing Stormwater Benefits Via Citizen-State-EPA Oversight

Maximizing Stormwater Benefits Via Citizen-State-EPA Oversight | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The stormwater runoff from suburban-urban lands degrades 13% of the 100,000 miles of waterways making up the Chesapeake Bay system.  This figure could be growing by another 400 miles annually due t...
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Will citizens and government provide the oversight needed to keep progress going?

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Map: Where in Towson Were the Most Homes Decreasing in Values?

Map: Where in Towson Were the Most Homes Decreasing in Values? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The recent drops in home values suggest that 2014's numbers might not be as strong as they were this year. Hover over any area of town in the map belo
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1 way of turning this around - more parks, more trails, better walkability - all have been shown to raise property values.

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In The Loop » Goucher Poll Has Marylanders Weigh In on State Parks

In The Loop » Goucher Poll Has Marylanders Weigh In on State Parks | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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When asked what goals were the most important for the Maryland Park Service to achieve, more than 80 percent of Marylanders said preserving historic sites, improving natural areas for wildlife, and conserving more land to protect natural resource were important. 

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A Turning Point for the Bureau of Land Management

A Turning Point for the Bureau of Land Management | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Five years after the Bush administration’s oil and gas debacle near Utah’s national parks, a smarter approach to land management is within reach.
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Six areas to watch that, taken together, demonstrate the extent to which the Obama administration’s reforms to the nation’s oil and gas leasing program are resulting in meaningful and lasting changes in priorities, values, and decision making within the Bureau of Land Management

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Today's corporations want city connections and amenities, not suburban sprawl | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Today's corporations want city connections and amenities, not suburban sprawl | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  What a difference 15 years makes.  In 1998, when I was researching suburban sprawl around Chicago for a book, I lamented the loss of corporate jobs from the city to its far northwestern suburbs in Lake and McHenry Counties. ...
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Corporations leaving the suburbs for the city because young talent does not want to be car dependent.

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How bus rapid transit is cleaning the air and saving commute time in Mexico City and Istanbul | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How bus rapid transit is cleaning the air and saving commute time in Mexico City and Istanbul | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The international transportation policy group EMBARQ has just released a great new short video highlighting the benefits of bus rapid transit systems in Mexico City and Istanbul. The video illustrates some of the findings in the organization’s...
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How a smarter streetscape is reviving a faded suburban district | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

How a smarter streetscape is reviving a faded suburban district | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Sunset Drive, South Miami before (inset) and after One of the great sustainability challenges of the 21st century is revitalizing poorly planned and outdated suburban neighborhoods and commercial districts, consistent with contemporary goals...
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Urban Properties | The Westerly Land Trust

Urban Properties | The Westerly Land Trust | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Land trust embraces urban conservation to relieve stress on open space in outlying areas
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We're driving less, taking transit more. Now let's invest accordingly. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

We're driving less, taking transit more. Now let's invest accordingly. | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
  A comprehensive new analysis of government data demonstrates that Americans are driving less per person, and taking transit more, both overall and in a strong majority of our large metro areas.  Especially because the new report is...
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