Discovering Archeology Day!

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John Coleman:

April is Archeology Month! Archeology Day is a part of Maryland’s Archeology Month. See more events at the MDP Events Calendar: http://bit.ly/mdpevents

Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

Visitors to Discovering Archeology Day assist in the archeological reconstruction of ceramic vessels.

Visitors to Discovering Archeology Day assist in the archeological reconstruction of ceramic vessels.

Are you looking for something different to do this Saturday?  Something in a beautiful place that will be entertaining, educational, and . . . archeological??  Why not come to Discovering Archeology Day atJefferson Patterson Park and Museum in Calvert County?

This free all-day event (10:00AM – 5:00PM) will have you experiencing, discovering, learning and having fun while exploring the “What, where and how’s” of archeology!  There will be demonstrations and activities for budding archeologists of any age!  Tours of the Maryland Archeological Conservation Laboratory will be conducted throughout the day.

Located at 10515 Mackall Road in St. Leonard, The Maryland Historical Trust’sJefferson Patterson Park and Museum is set on the banks of the Patuxent River.  It is a beautiful place to take a hike, or enjoy a picnic.  Visit the reconstructed Indian Village, and walk…

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Maryland Coastal Bays Program Recognized for Preservation & Conservation

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Waterways in Worcester County are protected by the program

Waterways in Worcester County are protected by good zoning

Worcester County may be home to Maryland’s most popular ocean resort, but many who visit the sands of Ocean City may be surprised to learn that the county also has significant agricultural and natural areas. The same county that beckons hundreds of thousands every summer has, through deliberate, effective planning, maintained 89 percent of its area in agriculture and resource conservation. More

Re-Blog: GGW “A rural village plan will breathe new life into Sandy Spring”

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Planner Ryan Sigworth offered the following article at the Greater Greater Washington blog. More

Experience Maryland Archeology First Hand at Patterson Park

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Originally posted on Our History, Our Heritage:

By Charlie Hall, State Terrestrial Archeologist

What better way to celebrate Maryland Archeology Month than by doing archeology in Maryland!

Imagine it’s September of 1814 and the British, having burned Washington just a few weeks earlier, are on their way to Baltimore.  Fort McHenry stands ready to defend the harbor from attack by the British fleet.  A 3-mile wide earthwork with 100 cannon and more than 10,000 regular, local militia, and irregulars, are in place to repulse the anticipated land attack.  Surprised by the strength of Baltimore’s defenses, the British eventually flee the field of battle.  Most Americans remember the event best through Francis Scott Key’s Star Spangled Banner.  But you have an opportunity to get close to the battle by helping archeologists investigate the War of 1812 fortifications in East Baltimore’s Patterson Park!

Rodger’s Bastion on Hampstead Hill, from the Patterson Park pagoda, Baltimore (https://www.flickr.com/photos/monumentcity/5781863781/in/photostream/)

Rodger’s Bastion on Hampstead Hill, from the Patterson Park pagoda, Baltimore

Sponsored by Baltimore Heritage

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Advancing State-Level Planning

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Take a look at the support offered to planners, and you will find a wealth of networks and information advancing the planning profession – from Smart Growth America to complete streets. Trade organizations spread information on emerging tools and techniques and connect people of similar fields. However, take a closer look, and you’ll find that resources for   state-level planning are paltry at best.

The NCSP provides a network that facilitates the discussion of best practices at the state level

The NCSP provides a network that facilitates the discussion of best practices at the state level

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Creating Community in the Footsteps of the Babe

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A rendering of the "grand housing" residential building at Gibbons Common  proving affordable housing to  grandparents raising their grandchildren

A rendering of the “grand housing” residential building at Gibbons Common proving affordable housing to grandparents raising their grandchildren

Gibbons Commons Mixed-Use Redevelopment Plan (St. Agnes Hospital)

The Maryland Sustainable Growth Commission recently recognized a partnership in Southwest Baltimore between St. Agnes Hospital and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation that highlights a redevelopment project while showcasing an important part of Baltimore’s history.  The Gibbons Commons project serves as a template for other community-based housing projects across Maryland, particularly those that highlight historical features.

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Central Jurisdictions Continue to Lead Maryland’s Population Growth

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Originally posted on The D4TA M1NE:

The overwhelming majority of Maryland’s population growth continues to occur in the four older suburban jurisdictions of Montgomery, Prince George’s, Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties, according to recently released population estimates for July 1, 2013 from the U.S. Bureau of the Census. [1]
Downtown Silver Spring in Montgomery County

Downtown Silver Spring in Montgomery County

The latest Census Bureau’s population estimates indicate that the effects of the Great Recession, which lasted from December 2007 to June 2009, and the collapse of the overheated housing market of the mid 2000s, are still being played out in the third year of the current decade.  Loss of jobs, followed by an anemic recovery, along with a housing market saddled with foreclosures and stricter mortgage loan standards, combined to greatly impact the ability of residents to move from current locations.  This reduced mobility had the greatest negative impact on rural/exurban counties in Western Maryland and on the Eastern Shore which…

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