July 18, 2014
Redevelopment and Revitalization
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Staff at Charmington’s coffee shop, ground floor Miller’s Court
Baltimore’s Remington neighborhood could be urban revitalization nirvana for smart growth advocates. In the last decade, the central Baltimore community has undergone eye-catching changes, from a historic renovation of a warehouse into apartments and offices, to rehabbed rowhouses, to popular new businesses. At the same time – and likely as a result – Remington has seen a population increase fueled by an influx of young people.
July 11, 2014
Redevelopment and Revitalization, Smart Growth
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The area of the Salisbury CityEngine project as presented at the 2014 ESRI International User Conference
When you think of vibrant, successful small towns, I am going to wager that you do not conjure up thoughts of empty parking lots. These impervious seas are bereft of the strolling pedestrians that make small towns like Portsmouth, New Hampshire or Lancaster, Pennsylvania hum. Large parking lots can act like cancerous lesions amid an otherwise intricately preserved and walkable street grid. Urban parking lots’ lackadaisical monotony can sap the economic vitality of downtowns, particularly if they sit empty for most of the day. If given an opportunity to revitalize a small town, planners can target derelict parking lots for redevelopment and revitalization. More
July 3, 2014
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Life on the farm is not what it used to be. Or so says the most recent U.S. Census of Agriculture.
First conducted in 1840, the Census of Agriculture reports on a myriad of aspects of agriculture on the county, state, and national level: acreage in farms, average farm size, the value of farm products and more.
Closer to home, the census provides a current snapshot of the characteristics of the approximate 6,000 farm families in Maryland. More
June 26, 2014
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published in the June 25, 2014 Baltimore Sun
Jacques Kelly’s recent column (“Movement to open more corner stores in Remington,” June 21), could serve as testimony for why the Baltimore City Council should not eliminate corner stores in the city zoning code. Healthy, vibrant communities need a mix of land uses that fit their scale and other characteristics. The corner store, a community fixture of the past, can fill a need throughout Baltimore and elsewhere.
As we’ve learned over and over again, older, organic development patterns are often preferable to those driven by auto-dependent design. This is especially important in a city like Baltimore, filled with many great historic neighborhoods, and at a time when revitalization and repopulation are no longer just a planner’s dream.