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 18, 2014
July 18, 2014
Conduit Street blog of MACo article on MDP’s “Models & Guidelines #30: Planning Tools for Transit-Oriented Development” http://bit.ly/mg30tod
Originally posted on Conduit Street:
In a July 16 press release, the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) announced that it had developed a set of online Planning Tools for Transit Oriented Development (TOD) that provides information to county elected officials and planners about furthering TOD projects in their communities. From the press release:
An interactive map features a TOD profile tool that enables users to delve into demographics, employment data, transit use, land use and development projects around every Metro and MARC station in Maryland. For those researching potential TOD sites, the profile tool provides a detailed snapshot of conditions around each station.
The resource also details TOD policies, programs and implementation efforts around the state, describing each rail and subway line along with their progress and potential. Rounding out the resource are summaries of best practices to support creative development projects.
The press release also noted that the Maryland Department of Transportation assisted in the…
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July 17, 2014
A new post from the Maryland Historical Trust
Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:
The Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay is one of those amazing Maryland historical legacies worth saving, and you can help by supporting the nomination of Mallows Bay to become a National Marine Sanctuary. Our friends at the Department of Natural Resources have all the details availablehere.
July 11, 2014
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
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
published in the June 25, 2014 Baltimore Sun
By Richard Eberhart Hall
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.
June 17, 2014
Crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and admiring America’s largest estuary, I sometimes wonder how such an immense water body can be impacted by people’s activity on the land.
I try to imagine the vast area of land that drains into the Bay: the Susquehanna River, which empties into the Bay at Havre de Grace, starts as far north as Cooperstown, New York, w
hile the Potomac River extends west to Spruce Knob Mountain in West Virginia. Half of Pennsylvania and Virginia, virtually all of Maryland, and parts of New York, Delaware and West Virginia are in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. More