Southern Maryland Agriculture Organization Feeds Hunger for Local Farm Products

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MD Sustainable Growth Commission Award Celebrates Great Projects – Apply Now for 2015

So. Maryland, So Good... brands southern Maryland local products

So. Maryland, So Good… brands southern Maryland local products

Former Southern Maryland tobacco growers have diversified, branching out into raising organic produce and nursery crops, hosting tourist events and growing grapes for wine. Their So. Maryland, So Good slogan, presence at farmers markets, direct-to-consumer sales points and Buy Local week events have contributed to a newly thriving market for farmers in Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties. More

MDP’s Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Profile Tool


By Scott Hansen, MDP Transportation Planning, & David Whitaker, AICP, MDP Communications

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Models & Guidelines 30: Planning Tools for TOD

Owning a parcel near transit can open a wealth of development opportunities. Yet, how to achieve the most benefits from those locations can be a challenge. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is not any type of growth occurring near transit station. Instead, TOD features a well-designed and relatively high intensity of mixed land uses within a comfortable walk of a rail or bus transit station.  More

From Santa’s Workshop to Day Care Center, MHT Loans Bridge the Gap

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Anne Raines, Capital Grants and Loans Administrator

Franklin Hall

Franklin Hall

In tiny, charming Chesapeake City, where town leaders and residents cherish their history as the birthplace of the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, Franklin Hall is a significant place. Home to Santa’s workshop in December and boutiques throughout the year, the hall has a storied past, starting as Chick’s Tavern in the 1700s then as a Masonic Hall. When it needed renovation, the nonprofit Chesapeake City District Civic Association turned to the Maryland Historical Trust for help.

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The Buzz One Four

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John Coleman:

A new blog from our Maryland Historical Trust division…

Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

by Nancy Kurtz, National Register Coordinator

In the early morning of January 13, 1964, a B-52D bomber, call sign “Buzz One Four,” with a crew of five and carrying two thermonuclear bombs, crashed in a blizzard on Savage Mountain in Garrett County. Two of the crew of five survived. The bombs were found intact in the wreckage.

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Fairchild C-123K Provider “Thunder Pig” flies overhead during presentation of Governor’s citation by Edward Chow Jr., Maryland Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Photo by Al Feldstein.

On Saturday, July 12, 2014, in the fiftieth anniversary year of the crash, family members of the Buzz One Four crew and local residents gathered at the Little Crossings Memorial on the National Road in Grantsville to remember and honor the crew members.

I had coordinated assistance from the Governor’s Commission on Maryland Military Monuments to repair monuments to two of the crew members, the marble memorials commemorating…

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Remington Rising: How a Historic Renovation Jumpstarted a Neighborhood

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Staff at Charmington’s coffee shop, ground floor of Miller’s Court

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.


MDP Relases Transit-Oriented Development Planning Tools As Demand For TOD Increases

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John Coleman:

Conduit Street blog of MACo article on MDP’s “Models & Guidelines #30: Planning Tools for Transit-Oriented Development”

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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Help Protect the Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay

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John Coleman:

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.

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