May we stop the madness?

It’s that time of year again. The Holidays. No matter which holiday you celebrate, be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or another, this time of year compels us to buy stuff.  All kinds of stuff. Now I generally try not … [Read more...]

Speak Up, Show Up!

Whether you choose to super-glue your hands to the sidewalk in front of Parliament, or camp out high in a tulip poplar to block a pipeline, or call your child’s third-grade teacher to improve his experience at school, or … [Read more...]

The Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Plan – A Neighbors View

The draft Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Management Plan (“Plan”), released July 30, 2021, is the first detailed area plan prepared as part of the Livable Frederick Master Plan.  It discusses issues related to land use, … [Read more...]

Backyard Chickens in Middletown

Did you know that chickens are only allowed on properties two acres or larger within the Town of Middletown’s town limits?  How many properties does this actually apply to?  I wish I had a firm number, but I imagine it’s … [Read more...]

Building the Creative Economy in Frederick County

In the post-COVID environment, the role of government in economic development will be, at least for a time, greater than ever. After the economic contractions of a year of quarantine, with many white-collar businesses … [Read more...]

In Search of Dandelions: A Bee’s Journey

The Bee emerges from his egg in early spring.  He is hungry for the work nature has intended for him to do and the role he will play in the renewing and feeding of other animals.  Mostly the Bee is hungry for pollen to … [Read more...]

Livable Frederick: South Frederick Corridors Plan

The Livable Frederick Master Plan, adopted by the county in 2019, lays out a vision for what we hope Frederick County will look like in the decades ahead, and also offers plans for how to achieve that vision. Part of the … [Read more...]

Frederick County is Struggling to Preserve its Rural Roads

In 1977, there were more than 300 miles of gravel road in Frederick County, almost one quarter of all county-maintained roads at that time.  By 1996, we were down to 140 miles of gravel roads – a clear indicator of the … [Read more...]