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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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Project for Public Spaces | 26 Ways to Make Great Places

Project for Public Spaces | 26 Ways to Make Great Places | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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I especially like the part about treating common spaces as if you own them.

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A Quest for Even Safer Drinking Water - NYTimes.com

A Quest for Even Safer Drinking Water - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
What comes from the tap is not necessarily the same as what comes out of the treatment plant -scary!
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Reflections on Portland: Transportation and Land Use & Dead Freeways - PlannersWeb

Reflections on Portland: Transportation and Land Use & Dead Freeways - PlannersWeb | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
PlannersWeb Editor Wayne Senville continues his reflections on Portland, Oregon, with a look at transportation and land use, and how the city has become a leader in the "dead freeway" movement.
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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
"The way people use a place mirrors expectations." "Just bring your own contents, and you create a sparkle of the highest power," Anaïs
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Welcome the age of the 'anti-mall' (maybe?) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Welcome the age of the 'anti-mall' (maybe?) | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Anti-malls are the new malls. So proclaims the staff of DC area booster magazine Washingtonian, in a fun compendium of “The Best of Washington: 62 Reasons to Love Our City” (July 2013). Even the suburbs are figuring out that...
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Bike Transit and Local Business | Sustainable Cities Collective

Bike Transit and Local Business | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The debate on whether new bike lanes help or hurt business among street-level retail stores, bicycle advocates, and local transportation departments is nothing new.
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Climate Change and Human Impacts | Sustainable Cities Collective

Climate Change and Human Impacts | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
A leaked draft report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change further increases the certainty that climate change is man-made.
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95% odds that humans (and their use of fossil fuels) are the reason for global warming - what a shock!

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Quote of the day: Why Green is not Sustainable

Quote of the day: Why Green is not Sustainable | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Another attempt at defining the word "Sustainable" as distinct from "green"
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Why green may not be sustainable

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Smart Growth Advocates Put Out Video Praising Bus Rapid Transit | BethesdaNow

A Rapid Transit Solution to Traffic from Coalition for Smarter Growth on Vimeo. About a month before the bus rapid transit plan heads to public hearings in
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Ambitious and interesting bus rapid transit plan for Montgomery - see the short video.

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Using Mixed‐Use Education to Build Communities

Using Mixed‐Use Education to Build Communities | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Urban Planning is rarely seen as a remedy for the state of the education system. However, thoughtful community design that integrates schools in new ways can lead to successful learning environments and vibrant communities.
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Sunbelt cities, urbanizing suburbs can learn from each other

Sunbelt cities, urbanizing suburbs can learn from each other | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Urbanizing suburbs often suffer from an identity crisis, looking to the big city next door and wondering how to recreate the same vitality and sense of place.
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Would people living within the URDL be happy about being deemed city dwellers? Somehow, I doubt it.

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Carshare will have 12 million members worldwide by 2020 | SmartPlanet

Carshare will have 12 million members worldwide by 2020 | SmartPlanet | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Growth of carsharing service is expected to continue, but there will be barriers.
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Limited to dense, urban (connected) places - much needs to improve in the way of connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists, therefore, before this can work here!

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Biggest American Town Without Public Transportation Finally Catches the Bus | Autopia | Wired.com

Biggest American Town Without Public Transportation Finally Catches the Bus | Autopia | Wired.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Arlington, Texas has a population of 375,000 people, and up until now, it was the most populous city in the U.S. to lack a comprehensive public transportation system.
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Apartment complex gardens bring communities together

Apartment complex gardens bring communities together | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When John Peterson noticed old paint buckets filled with soil and budding plants outside of several units at the Eleven Oaks Apartment complex three years ago, he thought there had to be a better way for the residents to grow their own produce.
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City plan would make street spaces into small, seasonal parks

City plan would make street spaces into small, seasonal parks | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Patrons at some La Crosse establishments may have the option next summer of sitting in the street.
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Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Modern Day Jane Jacobs

Mikael Colville-Andersen: The Modern Day Jane Jacobs | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Jane Jacobs reminded us of the city's most important element and inspired a generation of urbanists. Through a single photograph, Colville-Andersen has sparked a new movement that is helping to solve the greatest urban challenge of our time.
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How Too Much Parking Strangled the Motor City

How Too Much Parking Strangled the Motor City | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When supporting local businesses means driving everywhere.
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"This is definitely a self-perpetuating cycle in which you sort of drain the vibrancy out of an area by adding more parking"

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Complete Streets News – August 2013 | Smart Growth America

Complete Streets News – August 2013 | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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“If you build a place for cars, it will be a gathering place for cars. If it’s built for people, it will be a gathering place for people.”

— Laura Hackathorn, business owner, on Hamburg, New York’s Complete Streets approach to U.S. Route 62

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Athens Land Trust Breaks Ground On Williams Family Farm Project

Athens Land Trust Breaks Ground On Williams Family Farm Project | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The 5.87-acre farm will greatly increase the Trust's agricultural operations.
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I believe that this is a group that NeighborSpace should seek to emulate.  Fantastic work using land to address a number of pressing problems in Athens, Georgia.

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Exposed: America's Totally Inconsistent Minimum Parking Requirements

Exposed: America's Totally Inconsistent Minimum Parking Requirements | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Policies differ wildly from city to city and from restaurants to places of worship.
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This is a bonanza - we're about to embark on a study of parking with support from the Md. Environmental Trust.  If you'd be interested in helping with that work, let us know.

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All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails

All Aboard! Abandoned Railroad Tracks Gain New Life as Green Trails | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
In cities large and small across the nation, there are efforts to transform abandoned rail lines, including some that are elevated or even below street level, into parks and trails.
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Top 10 Websites - 2013

Top 10 Websites - 2013 | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.
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Know your garden's friends from its foes - MSN Real Estate

Know your garden's friends from its foes - MSN Real Estate | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Not every creepy-crawly is a pest to be squashed. Here's a list to help you sort the helpful insects in your garden from the not-so-helpful.
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Struggling to stay ahead of the slugs

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Trees in Cities: A Breath of Fresh Air - Nature Sacred

Trees in Cities: A Breath of Fresh Air - Nature Sacred | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Trees in Cities: A Breath of Fresh Air
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