Investing in new technology means greenspace savings in Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami.
“Our staff is being much more efficient, targeted and strategic because they’re not guessing what they should go to do this day, because they know that our top priority is to go to this rec center and fix this exposed wire, or go to this park and take care of this hazard,” explains Focht. Just with mowing contracts alone, GIS helps the department yield an annual savings of roughly $355,000, according to Piller."
Duh, of course! But this point is worth reiterating. The cyclists who were injured in collisions with cars, or by falling to avoid a car collision, were more severely injured than people who just fell, or were involved in a collision with another cyclist or pedestrian."
An administrative law judge will decide whether a Towson student housing project that's drawn criticism from neighbors and community members should go forward.
"Brian J. Murphy, an attorney for the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations, said the proposal is "a flawed project," and suggested using the student housing designation is a Trojan horse to push a development "into a place where it simply shouldn't be."
Developer David Schlachman of Towson-based DMS Development said his project fills a need for student housing in Towson."
"Baltimore County will receive $688,374 to design and construct a 12,000-square-foot community center, an entry road and a parking lot at Soukup Arena and Park. The community center ─ to include a gymnasium, office, restrooms, storage, vending machines, janitorial and mechanical spaces ─ will help meet the demand for indoor recreation facilities in the White Marsh area."
A new study shows that habitat alteration may be less important than other factors-- such as human behavior-- in driving the effects of "exurban" development on bird communities. These unexpected results are fueling more questions that may ultimately lead to informed landowners lessening their impacts on local wildlife.
A lot of shopping malls are dying. You’ve probably heard this before. But how bad is it and what exactly is happening? Well, a new report by CoStar (heard through the New York Times) found that nearly 20% of the 1,200 malls in the US are presently in trouble.
"malls are no longer the “public space” of young people. Their position as a kind of cultural institution is waning. At the same time, more and more people are craving uniqueness. They like independent shops, not malls that all look and feel the same."
2014 was a year of significant progress for the environment. To be sure, we still face plenty of very daunting challenges (you know the list). But there was also a lot of very significant progress to celebrate. Around the world, governments, business...
"Sweden has rebuilt roads to prioritize safety over speed and other considerations. This includes the creation of "2 + 1" roads, three-lane streets consisting of two lanes in one direction and one lane in the other; the extra lane alternates between directions to allow for passing. That design saved roughly 145 lives during the first 10 years of Vision Zero, according to The Economist."
Trucks start lining up to dump their loads at Baltimore's Quarantine Road landfill before the gates open in the morning.
"The throwaway culture on display at the 153-acre landfill illustrates the challenge that Baltimore and other Maryland communities face in coping with the mountains of waste generated by their residents, businesses and industries. While Marylanders recycle more than the average American, according to the state Department of the Environment, they also toss out more stuff, to the tune of more than six pounds per person each day. That figure is more likely a reflection of Marylanders' affluence than their wastefulness, state officials say."
Priest Point is a park built by volunteers. When the park was constructed, the city did not have the staff necessary to complete construction, and relied heavily on community members who donated their time and labor. Volunteers cleared the landscape, restored historic structures, and installed landscaping features.
Each year, stewardship priorities are set so volunteer efforts can be directed where they are needed most. Local partners such as REI, Centro, and Native Plant Salvage have provided funds, materials, and staff to help carry out projects and raise awareness of the program. In 2013 alone, more than 6,500 hours of service were logged in the program, the equivalent of $146,000.
If planners for Bethesda, Maryland fully realize a conceptual vision now being offered to community leaders and the public, the once-quiet but now-bustling suburb's downtown could become a nationally relevant example of urban sustainability.
"the Montgomery County Planning Department - under Maryland law, the county has legal authority - is considering a comprehensive green overhaul of Bethesda's downtown plan, currently being updated by for the first time in twenty years. Particularly significant, in my opinion, would be two to three neighborhood-scaled "ecodistricts" within the downtown that would lead the way with showcase practices to accelerate and intensify environmental performance."
An analysis of 727 studies reveals that there have been more instances of rapid, catastrophic animal die-offs over the past 75 years. These mass kills appear to have hit birds, fish and marine invertebrates harder than other species.
"This study suggests that in addition to monitoring physical changes such as changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, it is important to document the biological response to regional and global environmental change."
For 60 years — since Dwight Eisenhower's first term as president — a new reservoir for the Baltimore area has been on the books. Now, the huge project is finally getting underway.
"When completed, three covered storage tanks in Fullerton will hold 62million gallons of treated drinking water for Baltimore, Baltimore County and other localities that use the city's sprawling water system. The cost: $78 million."
"in this new and enticing model, we’ve sacrificed resiliency for growth. In the pursuit of jobs and economic development, American cities have spread themselves out beyond their abilities to financially sustain themselves. All those roads, all that sidewalk, all those pipes....they are really, really expensive. We're starting to understand that building it all was the easy part. Maintaining it generation after generation is hard."
Want to start an urban farm without permitting hassles? Dreaming of dwarf goats in your yard? Move to Wheat Ridge, Colorado.
"Once known informally as Carnation City, the Denver suburb built its economy on a foundation of flower nurseries, apple orchards, and assorted vegetable crops. But by the time Wheat Ridge incorporated in 1969, residential and commercial development had eaten up much of the town's farmland."
'Micro_urban' spaces are the sandwich spaces between buildings, rooftops, walls, curbs, sidewalk cracks, and other small-scale urban spaces that exist in the fissures between linear infrastructure, e.g. roads, bridges, tunnels, rail lines, and our three dimensional gridded cities.
"By seeing green roofs, green walls, sandwich spaces between buildings, and durational spaces together we have begun to imagine how people in cities could beginning greening well beyond new parks or retrofitted railways. "
Not just the top ten, but the ten qualifiers of walkability used by the Brookings Institution in their assessment of neighborhoods. Walkability is a topic of major importance today because of its weight in improving urban economics. The ability to walk in a community is a function of the quality of the urban fabric.
Millenials and Baby-Boomers, who together represent the majority of American adults today, are driving less and seeking walkable places to live.
Either individual homeowners or the city must pay for crucial repairs to achieve the city’s walkability dreams.
"If you give a ficus 30 to 40 years, it will sprout to a majestic height, comfortably above the roofline of the average ranch-style house. Meanwhile, as Senior Arborist Lisa Eremita of TreePeople, a nonprofit that advocates for a healthy urban forest in Los Angeles, explains, the ficus has a “buttress root system,” meaning that its roots flare out at the base above ground. They wreak havoc on whatever lies in their way.“Now we are experiencing the non-planning of [decades] ago...”
In time for NYE, a brief history of Times Square’s urban transformation
"The touristy square quickly became the bellwether of Gehl’s people-centered approach to urban design in New York. Through careful study of how the space was used by all users, from delivery truck drivers to the costumed superheroes who roam the crowds, Gehl and his team found that even though 90 percent of its users were pedestrians, only 11 percent of the space was allocated to them."
Catonsville resident Klaus Philipsen has a vision to improve the quality of life for those who live in the Baltimore region, by way of smart growth development.
We are very lucky to have Klaus as President of NeighborSpace and Tom Quirk as Councilman in the 1st District - "Quirk has been an advocate for creating walkable and bikeable communities and supportive of NeighborSpace. "Klaus is definitely a visionary, a big thinker and an intellectual...I view him as a go-to person for many issues," Quirk said."
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