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Conserving land in older, "inner" suburbs for small parks, gardens, natural areas & stormwater management
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The ‘rain tax’ debate

Baltimore Sun
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Debate the how, but for God's sake not the why when it comes to controlling stormwater. I find it increasingly difficult to restrain myself to using polite language as regards this issue. 

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The Man Who Loved Cemeteries

The Man Who Loved Cemeteries | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Graveyards can provide historic bullet points, bird sanctuaries, excellent fictitious names, and the lifelong source of sweet calm.
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"Cemeteries provide historic bullet points, bird sanctuaries, excellent fictitious names, and the lifelong source of such sweet calm."

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Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration

Mapping 60 Years of White Flight, Brain Drain and American Migration | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An interactive picture of Americans perpetually on the move.
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Pretty cool.  Scroll to bottom of article and click on "closer look at individual communities" - see the population shift from Balt. City to Balt. County in the 1950's - amazing!

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What Will The Energy Industry Look Like in 2040? | Visual.ly

What Will The Energy Industry Look Like in 2040? | Visual.ly | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Will we be depending on more energy or less? This infographic explores the projection of global demands and effects in 2040.
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Public and Creative Placemaking Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective

Public and Creative Placemaking Sustainability | Sustainable Cities Collective | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
When the foundational work for what we call Placemaking today was taking place, back in the 1960s, pioneers like Holly Whyte and Jane Jacobs were on the outside of the castle walls, shouting to be heard.
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Survey Shows Watershed Groups Halt Substantial Local & Bay Pollution

Survey Shows Watershed Groups Halt Substantial Local & Bay Pollution | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
An amazing 82% of watershed groups have engaged in at least one activity to halt pollution affecting their waterway and the Bay. More than half the time they succeeded in reducing pollution inputs...
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Peter Harnik on creating great urban parks for cities | Smart Growth America

parks - a key part of the smart growth equation
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Natural Allies for the Next Sandy - NYTimes.com

Natural Allies for the Next Sandy - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Natural features - an uncertain solution to minimizing storm surge?
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Home | County Health Rankings Facebook Application

Home | County Health Rankings Facebook Application | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The County Health Rankings...
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Baltimore County:  12th out of 24 counties in MD for health factors (influences on health such as education, access to healthy foods and a safe place to live) and 14th out of 24 counties in MD for health outcomes (e.g. how long people live, how healthy they feel).  Not stellar outcomes! See where your county ranks.
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CNBC: Walkable neighborhoods key to revitalizing America’s struggling suburbs | Smart Growth America

CNBC: Walkable neighborhoods key to revitalizing America’s struggling suburbs | Smart Growth America | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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"The growing demand for neighborhoods where people can walk to shops, restaurants, parks and schools is outpacing supply—but creating walkable communities goes beyond simply building sidewalks."

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Walkable is good, 'sit-able' is better

Walkable is good, 'sit-able' is better | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Complementing the "walkable" with a more purposeful focus on places where people feel comfortable sitting would lead to a more holistic and enhanced understanding of place.
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Sitable as a necessary complement to walkable when it comes to good places

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People St: Garcetti and LADOT Declare Streets Are for People, Offer Help Re-Purposing Wasted Asphalt | Streetsblog Los Angeles

People St: Garcetti and LADOT Declare Streets Are for People, Offer Help Re-Purposing Wasted Asphalt | Streetsblog Los Angeles | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Instead of unused asphalt, People St proposes to make that a useful and usable living space.

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Balto. Co. announces winning bids for county properties

Balto. Co. announces winning bids for county properties | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Baltimore County officials, looking to sell off public property for private development, have selected proposals to build a Royal Farms gas station in Towson , a shopping center in Dundalk and expanded parking for a nursing home in Randallstown .
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The ultimate ‘car city’ seeks change

The ultimate ‘car city’ seeks change | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Phoenix pins its hopes on transit-oriented development along the light rail line.
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"The oppressive heat and car-oriented infrastructure makes Phoenix one of the least  walkable, bikable, and transit-connected cities in the US."

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As U.S. Drive-Ins Face Obstacles, Maryland’s Lone Theater Stays Afloat

As U.S. Drive-Ins Face Obstacles, Maryland’s Lone Theater Stays Afloat | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Bengies Drive-In in Middle River is the last drive-in theater in Maryland, and one of 360 left in the country.
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Hats off to the owner of this iconic County landmark.  Did not know they have the largest outdoor screen in the countrty.

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Goats to the Rescue

Goats to the Rescue | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to restoring and protecting the Anacostia River, (designated as one of the nation�s most polluted), for the health and enjoyment of everyone in its...
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Goats: the sustainable stewardship solution. Can't quite picture driving them around the beltway from site to site.

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Commuting’s Hidden Cost - NYTimes.com

Commuting’s Hidden Cost - NYTimes.com | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
driving more than 10 miles one way, to and from work, five days a week was associated with an increased risk of developing high blood sugar and high cholesterol.
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Ditch the car? Dying suburbs revived by walking

Ditch the car? Dying suburbs revived by walking | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
The urban-suburban divide has come full circle and one of the most overlooked solutions to suburban flight is a focus on making communities more walkable.
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Architecture, public responsibility, and the art of listening | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC

Architecture, public responsibility, and the art of listening | Kaid Benfield's Blog | Switchboard, from NRDC | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
    I’ve been mulling this one for a few days.  I seem to know a lot of people who do a lot of complaining about the architecture profession, particularly its alleged preoccupation with making artistic statements rather than,...
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Good placemaking stresses process and engagement

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Infographic: What is natural capital?

Infographic:  What is natural capital? | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
Valuing nature may be complex but it could prove vital for future wellbeing and economic development

This infographic illustrates the economic benefits of wood compared to those that are gained from trees.


Via Lauren Moss
Bhopkins's insight:

The value of trees as natural capital compared to trees as wood.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 9, 2013 3:52 PM

The value of wood versus trees. Seems we have things backwards.

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 11, 2013 6:49 PM

These concepts be best encapsulated by the phrase "ecosystem services."

Peter Fagerström's curator insight, December 14, 2013 5:33 AM

The wood part is overly simplified but the point is valid.

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Keen On… ecoATM: The Green Solution For Selling Old Phones And Tablets | TechCrunch

Keen On… ecoATM: The Green Solution For Selling Old Phones And Tablets | TechCrunch | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
It's always nice to see a Crunchie winner mature into a successful business. Last year, ecoATM - a network of automated recycling stations for old phones and..
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There turn out to be quite a number of locations right here in Baltimore County: http://www.ecoatm.com/find-a-location.html?location=21234&x=22&y=18

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Ahead Of His Time: Gandhi’s Ideals On Sustainable Transport And Urban Planning

Ahead Of His Time: Gandhi’s Ideals On Sustainable Transport And Urban Planning | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
As an individual working in sustainable transport, I felt I must share my interpretation and compiled wisdom about Gandhi, his philosophy, and its relevance to the sustainable transport sector.
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"Gandhi was strong supporter of cycling and walking, who can perhaps be credited with starting the sustainable transport movement in India. In his book Hind Swaraj, he defined the principle of sustainability as, “More from less for more”."

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Project for Public Spaces | 5 Reasons Pittsburgh is a Must-Visit City for Walkers & Bikers

Project for Public Spaces | 5 Reasons Pittsburgh is a Must-Visit City for Walkers & Bikers | Suburban Land Trusts | Scoop.it
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Pittsburgh:  a lot of there, there - much of it accessible on foot or by bike.

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