May 8, 2013
Bike Ped, Smart Growth
Bicycle, Bicycle commuting, bike score, cars, cycling, david whitaker, gen Y, Local bike shop, smart growth, sustainable communities, transportation
The Return of Neighborhood Bicycle Shops: A Sustainable Community Indicator
“The communities that embrace the bicycle and all that goes with it NOW will be the successful communities of the next generation.”
–Alex Obriecht, President Bike Maryland & Race Pace Bicycles
Did you buy that bicycle at the hardware store?
This was quite likely several decades ago. From the 1950’s through the 1970’s, you could often find a bicycle shop combined with a local hardware store in communities throughout the U.S. This was a unique 20th century retail combination that was often located on or near a main street or at a nearby neighborhood commercial center.
Retail operated differently decades ago and both bicycle shops and hardware stores often were located in the neighborhood. Sometimes that first paper-route bike or later the Schwinn Stingray, Varsity or Paramount 10-speed was purchased at one of these long gone local hardware & bicycle shops.
Several years thereafter there was a commercial transition More
March 25, 2013
Baby boomer, calthorpe associates, dead malls, Generation Y, Millennial, peter calthorpe, Shopping mall, smart growth, sustainable communities, Sustainable development, white flint
(co-authored by John Coleman)
A typical suburban enclosed mall (Crossroads Mall; Omaha, Nebraska; Labelscar, the Retail History Blog)
The enclosed suburban shopping mall came to symbolize the height of middle class American culture from the 1960’s through the 1980’s. The ubiquitous shopping mall was a retail model that wooed stores away from downtowns and main street shopping areas. The enclosed mall became the location for retail, socializing, cinema and the ever present food courts where teens and their families often spent the afternoon far from their community and the comfy confines of their kitchens and dining room tables. More
March 20, 2013
Frederick County Public Schools, Frederick News-Post, gen Y, maryland department of planning, millenials, mixed-use development, Safe Routes to School, transportation
New sidewalk would protect Monocacy Middle, Frederick News-Post (March 19, 2013)
The article above describes a project near a Frederick County public school that exemplifies quality planning. In this instance, a local school facility planing director decided to make a difference in order to help middle school students safely travel to and from school.
- Monocacy Middle School
Over the past several years MDP has urged public school construction officials across Maryland take a more active role in Safe Routes to Schools projects. Ray Barnes, Executive Director for Facility Services with Frederick County Public Schools took it upon himself to apply for a grant to complete a sidewalk located along a road off of the school property. A sidewalk was clearly need on this segment of Opossumtown Pike More
January 15, 2013
Planning, Smart Growth
dick floyd, frederick county, Maryland, Regional planning, smart growth
“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics, whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” ~ John F. Kennedy
December 4, 1940
-January 8, 2013
It was a late night at the Frederick County Planning Commission, a day comprised of public meetings and work sessions that began before noon. As the hour approached 11:00 p.m., spectators in the half-filled auditorium at Winchester Hall fought off weariness as an applicant’s attorney summed up a land use proposal laconically by referencing specific articles in the zoning ordinance as well as applicable sections in the subdivision ordinance to support approval of the request. Agreeing to post all applicable agreements and bonds, the attorney then followed up with an explanation as to why this particular land use proposal would be a “Win – Win” for the county. Those listening with attentive ears at this point in the night were few. The Chair of the Planning Commission was listening to every word. More
December 7, 2012
Bike Ped, Smart Growth, Transportation
Brookings Institution, LOCUS, Real estate, smart growth, Walkability, WalkUP
“The market is flashing very large and very loud signals: ‘Build more walkable urban places,’” says Christopher B. Leinberger
For many decades urban and regional planners have chased the elusive “walkable community” much like the Holy Grail. From Radburn to Columbia to your local mixed use center, walkability has often been a planning goal, although rarely achieved. This is now changing. An emerging land use in the second decade of the 21st century are walkable urban places. More