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I would like to apologize for my absence over the last few weeks- I’ve found myself struggling to come up with new and interesting ideas that I can also get excited about. There are plenty of interesting things happening in Baltimore all the time, if you think of something you’d like to know more about, please just leave a comment below and let me know.

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Really interesting piece on the different design and fundraising approaches that New York and Chicago take.

City Parks Blog

New York and Chicago are often pitted as rivals with regards to parkland acreage (38,060 acres vs. 11,959 acres, equating to 4.5 and 4.2 acres per 1,000 residents, respectively), and this month was no different.  Last week both cities released designs to the community for the next latest and greatest thing in the park world — elevated rail trails — and the designs couldn’t be more different.

New York’s High Line has been generating buzz since before its 2009 opening, and the overwhelming success of its first two phases (there were 3,000,000 visitors in 2011) have kept the public anxiously awaiting the last and final phase.  Held up by land ownership issues and fundraising nightmares in a struggling economy, Friends of the High Line scored an amazing win last fall with a record-setting $20 million donation from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the single largest donation ever made to a New…

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Bmore Urban

At its heart, Bmore Urban strives to serve as a blog for those Baltimoreans new and old who “Believe” that Baltimore City is great but could be greater. I believe in a few core principles for turning the City around. Many of these differ from convention but convention hasn’t gotten Baltimore very far; the City is still losing population and still ranks among the most violent cities in the United States. These two things need to change before Baltimore can. There are, however, things the City and its people can be doing to expedite and foster this change.

1.)  Invest in infrastructure, specifically transit

2.)  Clean up the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay

3.)  Increase the City’s tree canopy

4.)  Connect existing public parks and establish new public spaces

5.)  Make the City Bike-able

6.)  Rewrite the zoning code

7.)  Make Greater Baltimore’s colleges and universities more accessible to Downtown

8.)  Encourage communities to participate in governance

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Previous Publications

For a little taste of my previous work, check out my Article on Maryland’s Toll Policies and my article on the proposed alterations to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.

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