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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Denver’s Making Public Housing Desirable

Denver’s Making Public Housing Desirable | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Denver’s newest development will promote healthy living, mass transit and energy efficiency. It also happens to be public housing.
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eosfuturedesign's comment, August 10, 2013 5:13 PM
Kill swiches
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Street Placemaking: More Paver Power | Sustainable Cities Collective

Street Placemaking: More Paver Power | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Landscape architects in Europe are doing really innovative things with pavers. Some recent urban plaza projects from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Barcelona show the visual effects achievable with bold paving patterns.
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Map | Maryland Food System Map

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Look at health or environmental indicators on this interactive mapping tool from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future - we have A LOT of work to do within the URDL.

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Healthy Aging Research Network Environmental Audit Tool and Protocol - AARP

Healthy Aging Research Network Environmental Audit Tool and Protocol - AARP | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This audit tool and protocol were designed to assist residents with assessing community-scale and street-scale factors associated with mobility among older adults.
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Are 'Playborhoods' The Best Indicator Of Livable Communities?

Are 'Playborhoods' The Best Indicator Of Livable Communities? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When thinking about walkability and a livable neighborhood, several things let us know  when we're getting it right. Are these things present in Princeton? #1 Women riding bikes In the U.S, men's c...
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When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay

When it comes to lawns, the natural way is here to stay | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Wild yards and gardens are popping up everywhere, but they still draw the ire of some neighbours who prefer their domestic landscapes more domesticated

Via Donovan Gillman
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Mine's not so manicured - in fact, very little grass. I'll take some pictures over the weekend to share.

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Donovan Gillman's curator insight, July 11, 2013 4:14 AM

Public and client perceptions are slow to change - the wilder way is however slowly making ground. While less intensive in its upkeep and water usage, natural or wild gardens require an appreciation of natural cycles and they  have their  own maintenance regimen - it is still an artifice which will need input over time or it will become as some fear a "mess" - nature gardens mimic nature - it takes much longer and more effort to actually achieve a sustainable state of change that satisfies our need for interest and color on a year round basis - many wilderness areas are not that interesting or colorful for a large part of the year and our media induced need for "eye-candy" relentlessly drives much of the sale of  fashionable plants and garden design - still it is encouraging that more and more people are willing to try.

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What Chicagoland’s Community Leaders Taught Us About the “Space In Between” – Chicago, USA

What Chicagoland’s Community Leaders Taught Us About the “Space In Between” – Chicago, USA | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Plannes often have an 'all or nothing' attitude to placemaking, where space must be developed into its best possible use or nothing at all.
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New York City's Public Parks Grow With Private Funds

New York City's Public Parks Grow With Private Funds | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A question mark hangs over the wisdom of relying entirely on private funds to support the most high-profile new green space for the long term.
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How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.
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New rules require Louisville developers to clean stormwater runoff starting in August

New rules require Louisville developers to clean stormwater runoff starting in August | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
They call it 'first flush,' that initial half-inch or so of rain that washes dirt, oil and chemicals off roads, parking lots and yards — straight into area creeks and the Ohio River.
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Redefining What Makes Communities Livable

Redefining What Makes Communities Livable | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The birth of the baby boom generation brought with it a time of tremendous demographic upheaval in the United States.
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State of the world's birds is bleak but not hopeless

State of the world's birds is bleak but not hopeless | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Plummeting bird populations reflect the state of the global environment - but it's not too late to do something.
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Kids riding bikes in suburbs not as freewheeling as it used to be: Josette Plank

Kids riding bikes in suburbs not as freewheeling as it used to be: Josette Plank | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
I wanted to give my daughter a bigger map to explore on her own. I wanted her to feel the freedom and confidence that comes with navigating your own course.
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How many can sympathize with this mother's frustration in terms of kids in a lot of suburbs not being able to bike to a place (a )park, a school, etc), let alone walk there?

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The Secrets of Successful Communities - Part 4: Pick and Choose Among Development Projects - PlannersWeb

The Secrets of Successful Communities - Part 4: Pick and Choose Among Development Projects - PlannersWeb | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
All development is not created equal. Some development projects will make a community a better place to live, work, and visit. Other development projects will not.
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AIN'T IT THE TRUTH!

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Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging - An Overview - AARP

Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging - An Overview - AARP | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
This online presentation is the first in a series intended to address the concepts of active aging and to demonstrate the direct link between healthy aging and the environment.
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The Secrets of Successful Communities - Part 1: Have a Vision for the Future - PlannersWeb

The Secrets of Successful Communities - Part 1: Have a Vision for the Future - PlannersWeb | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Planning and land development analyst Ed McMahon looks at ways in which communities -- large and small -- can succeed. In today's first installment, McMahon speaks of the importance of having a vision for the future.
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Those who attended our breakfast in January may remember our charismatic speaker, Ed McMahon.  Here's a treasure trove of his comments on issues close to our hearts.

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Choose Clean Water :: Carrying our own water

Choose Clean Water :: Carrying our own water | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As leaders from around the entire Chesapeake Bay region discuss and negotiate a new Chesapeake Bay Agreement, I’m reminded of the past three Agreements.
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A mixed bag in terms of jurisdictions meeting milestones for cleaning up the bay.

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Boost creativity and productivity by getting back to nature.

Sometimes it's not enough to just take a day off of work or get out of the city; we need to immerse ourselves in nature to access our full potential for creativ
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13 photos and 11 simple thoughts for greener, healthier cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

13 photos and 11 simple thoughts for greener, healthier cities | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
I would be holding back if I didn't concede that I am really excited about my new book. The manuscript has been completed, the images selected; it's now in the editing stage. In People Habitat: 25 Ways to Think about...
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New Supreme Court Decision on Land Use: Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

Ajoke Agboola, currently a clerk for the Honorable Marcella A. Holland of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City who is interested in focusing on land use and real estate after her clerkship, contrib...
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The Weirdest Urban Ecosystems On Earth - io9

The Weirdest Urban Ecosystems On Earth - io9 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Cities are havens for weirdness. From communities built around garbage to dogs that ride the subway, urban environments have fostered all manner of weird patterns. Here are the 10 freakiest urban ecosystems on the planet.
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