Nearly 300 volunteers worked on projects in the southeastern Baltimore County community as part of an annual "Rebuilding Day." Volunteer teams also worked on projects around the Woodbourne-McCabe community in Baltimore, and in cities across the country as part of a national effort by Rebuilding Together, a nonprofit group.
"The more attention we give it, the better it will become once again," Kamenetz said.
Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress. According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers.
"Scientists say that that when human beings see the color green and interact with nature, our bodies manifest chemical and psychological signs of reduced stress.According to an article published on Thursday by CityLab, one Texas company is trying to quantify for cities the dollar amounts that trees are worth in their combined capacities as air-scrubbers, noise-pollution reducers, neighborhood beautifiers and natural stress relievers."
Real estate developers around the world are responding to increased consumer interest in cycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation by building projects adjacent to trails, bike paths, bike-sharing stations, and other infrastructure that supports human-powered mobility, according to Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, a new ULI report.
“trail-oriented development” leverages investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure to offer car-free lifestyle and transportation choices to people seeking more physically active and environmentally sustainable modes of getting around.
A new body of evidence suggests that adding greenery in vacant or gray settings reduces criminal activity nearby.
"This research gives cities reasons to reassess policies about cleaning and greening vacant lots, developing parks, or catching stormwater in green installations. Beyond the ecological and aesthetic benefits, these investments create a safer environment for the people who live nearby."
It’s unclear if Hogan will sign it — the Maryland Department of Agriculture opposes the measure. Nevertheless, the bill’s passage was hailed by environmentalists and Maryland beekeepers, who last year lost nearly 61 percent of their hives, about twice the national average.
"In Baltimore City, the poor will die about 8 years before the rich. That’s roughly equivalent to the difference in life expectancy between an average man in the United States and one in Liberia. It is about 1.5 years more than the gap for the United States as a whole."
A writer in Syracuse has an extra $7,000 thanks to combining the darkness of his local mall and personal life.
"You will constantly disappoint yourself and those you love. Just like the Great Northern Mall in Clay, New York, you will succumb to physical decay and shifts in the marketplace. Celebrate spring with new scents from Yankee Candle!* (Coupon no longer valid.*)"
Needed in Baltimore County - Place types, not use-based zoning - “Place Types” become the basic building blocks of urbanism. They describe different kinds of built or natural environments, cross-referenced with a menu of compatible uses, images, and specifics of sizes, areas, and densities. Together those simplified sets of information can take the place of old-fashioned zoning rules that deal primarily with uses and ensure parking places for cars but not necessarily good places for humans.
NeighborSpace didn't have much of a dog in this fight given that POS does not help to fund our acquisitions, but the rest of the land trusts in the County do. Because of that we did what we could to support them in this effort and we are thrilled that they succeeded!
Even if you love getting outside, you know there's a big difference between a park down the street and one across town. If a trip to the park means waiting for the bus—or packing the family into the car and sitting in traffic—all those other options start to sound more appealing. But having green space in the neighborhood opens up possibilities: a quick jog before work, a picnic lunch break, or even sending older kids out to play on their own after school.
The majority of the shortfall stems from Pennsylvania, which is lagging badly. State officials — facing threats of action by the EPA — recently announced plans to “reboot” their Bay-related efforts. But other states are also falling behind in some areas, especially stormwater, where most are reporting increased runoff pollution.
A new documentary follows some of the city’s famous felines as they navigate the ever-changing urban environment.
“The more every bit of green space and soil in the city is flattened and paved over, the more inhospitable it becomes to cats,” Torun says. “And you’ve really started seeing a lot more people putting out food and water for street animals over the last five to ten years as summers have become hotter. There’s a bigger push to see that they’re OK.”
Towson's Patriot Plaza probably will not get an ice rink after all.
The Baltimore County Council on Monday approved a contract to redesign the underused plaza, but officials said the renovated plaza won't include expensive details that were previously considered — one idea that might be nixed is a seasonal ice rink.
"It’s time to stop telling people we can grow our way to a restored Bay and planet, and to explain how prosperity and quality of life can exist separate from growth. Indeed, that’s the only way they will exist for most of us."
There are more than 550 million blue crabs in the Chesapeake Bay, an increase of more than a third over this time last year and one of the highest population counts of the past two decades.
"We are in a much better place than we were," said Thomas Miller, director of the state's Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons. But he said the crab population isn't yet "up to consistent levels of abundance that will support a sustainable fishery into the long term."
PBS will broadcast a new documentary, 10 Parks That Changed America, on April 12th. Produced by WTTW in Chicago, the program identifies the 10 most influential urban parks in the country, from the era of America’s early settlers to the present day, ranging from the Squares of Savannah, Georgia, to the High Line of New York City.
We’re launching a new series of blog posts based on City Parks, Clean Water: Making Great Places Using Green Infrastructure, a new report by The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence. (City parks clean water report cover)
Unlike traditional suburbs, conservation communities don’t pave paradise to add amenities like golf courses. Instead, they promote healthy living, close-knit neighborhoods and environmental responsibility by installing farms, ponds and walking trails that may loop through nature areas to nearby shops and restaurants. Homes are strategically positioned to preserve prairies, pastures, forests and — in the case of Rancho Mission Viejo — a ranch that is part of Calif
Agri-hoods - preserving land, providing heatlhy foods, and creating community
More walkable neighborhoods, parks and public transit could all reduce your chance of becoming one of the 600 million adults who battle obesity worldwide. The study found a neighborhood's design plays a critical role in physical activity and could help reduce non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study found a neighborhood's design plays a critical role in physical activity and could help reduce non-communicable diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
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