A Fond Farewell to J. Rodney Little

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

J. Rodney Little

J. Rodney Little

By MHT Staff

This month, we will bid a fond farewell to J. Rodney Little, our fearless leader for almost 40 years. Early in his tenure as State Historic Preservation Officer, Rodney broadened the Maryland Historical Trust’s mission to address the needs of history museums and intangible cultural resources – undertakings that would establish the agency as a model State program.

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Incentivizing Local Reinvestment and Community Revitalization

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The 2015 Sustainable Communities Tax Credit Awards

Taylor's Furniture Store

Taylor’s Furniture Store

Designed to make reinvestment easier and bring new life to threatened historic structures, the Sustainable Communities Tax Credit has played a pivotal role in incentivizing private investment in the restoration of Maryland’s historic resources. By rehabilitating historic properties, the program spurs job growth, improves property values and encourages reinvestment of properties, commercial districts and neighborhoods into places where people want to live and entrepreneurs want to do business. More

Complete Town Planning – The Energy Element

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From a community infrastructure perspective, everything changed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Ensuring energy resiliency to power individual buildings as well as entire communities emerged as a pressing local issue.

Maryland Resiliency Through Microgrids Task Force Report

Community leaders who analyze infrastructure in the wake of major climate events often identify energy availability and the need for resiliency in energy infrastructure as critical in planning for future weather events. Sustainable energy planning is becoming a topic of concern to communities, particularly those areas that have faced severe weather events and loss of power lasting a week or more. Since frequency and severity of storms are projected to increase, an increasing number of local governments are focusing on long-term energy planning to improve energy performance. More

MDP’s Open Parcel Initiative Results in Increased Data Usage

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In August, the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) announced the release of its Property Map Product datasets for open distribution via its Open Data GIS Downloads website.

The Open Data Initiative, part of a statewide effort to increase the availability and distribution of datasets to Marylanders, is intended to provide consistent and up-to-date data  and streamline the  process for users to access data. In the few months since the  release, our analysis – done via preliminary statistics in Google Analytics – shows there has been a significant increase in the number of users obtaining MDP’s Property Map products.

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Secretary Hall op-ed: The Young and the Not So Restless [Commentary]

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published in the November 12, 2014 Baltimore Sun

By Richard Eberhart Hall

Recent reports have highlighted the movement of young, college-educated people to the nation’s cities. Baltimore is among the beneficiaries of this shift. Between the turn of the century and last year, the city ranked third fastest of the nation’s cities of 600,000 in population or more in attracting educated 25- to 34-year-olds — a growth rate of 75 percent.

In fact, Baltimore’s rate of growth in young professionals was higher than in places such as Portland, Austin, Boston and San Francisco, which have long attracted millennials.

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Guest Blog – Gardner Farm Curatorship Opportunity

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

By Peter Morrill, Curator Program Manager, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Gardiner Farm House

Gardiner Farm House

Do you ever dream about restoring and living in a historic house? Or living on pristine rural land within one of Maryland’s beautiful state parks?  If so, check out theDepartment of Natural Resources Resident Curatorship Program.  The Curatorship Program offers historically significant state-owned properties to private individuals for rehabilitation.  In exchange for rehabbing and maintaining the property, curators are given lifetime tenancy – rent free.  The Curatorship Program allows private individuals to breathe new life into significant historic properties which might otherwise be lost.

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Purple Line Compact: Advocating to Improve Corridor Communities

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By MDP Staff: Valerie Berton, Director of Communications; Kristen Mitchell, Director of Smart Growth; and Cristina Davia, Communications Intern

 

National Center for Smart Growth

National Center for Smart Growth

State and county officials and local advocacy groups are leading an effort to create a livability strategy to ensure that people living and working in the communities along the proposed Purple Line benefit from the new light rail transit system.

But how will that work, exactly?

The stakeholder groups, led by the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), will develop a community compact that will lay out strategies for revitalizing and stabilizing mixed-income neighborhoods, preserving community assets, supporting small businesses and connecting workers to jobs, all intended to create healthy and vibrant communities. Similar to Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact and Minneapolis’ Central Corridor Funders Collaborative in planning their Green Line, the compact will address things like maintaining affordable housing for residents, maximizing labor market potential and creating transit-oriented places. More

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