Smart Growth America report: Measuring Sprawl 2014

Smart Growth America recently released a report entitled Measuring Sprawl 2014. It's an update to an important and highly respected report the organization released twelve years ago: "Measuring … [Read more...]

The many benefits of street trees and urban greenery

We humans have an intrinsic emotional need to connect with nature. The eminent biologist E. O. Wilson first called this need “biophilia,” and the term has stuck. Yet cities also, and fundamentally, need the structure … [Read more...]

Final Monrovia Town Center Public Hearings: April 23rd & 24th

Commissioners President Blaine Young said "his" hearings would be done in one night. How about three nights down and we're not done yet! We go back to work at 6:00pm on Wednesday April 23rd at Winchester Hall. … [Read more...]

Controversial Monrovia Town Center comes down to final…and vital…public hearings

On April 8, 9 & 10, the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners will hold another in the series of public hearings that have witnessed many hundreds of people voice their displeasure about the proposed Monrovia … [Read more...]

Why urban demographers are right about the trend toward downtowns and walkable suburbs

I and others have been tracking for some time a surging interest in walkable neighborhoods, in both reinvested downtowns and more pedestrian-friendly suburban developments. Just last month I cited University of Utah … [Read more...]

Say NO to the Monrovia Town Center! Say no to sprawl, congestion, overcrowded schools and massive subsidies to developers

There are so many things wrong with the proposed Monrovia Town Center. And many of them will affect county residents and taxpayers, even if they do not live in the area. The Frederick County Board of County … [Read more...]

How green infrastructure investments can create commercial property value

A new publication from my colleagues in NRDC’s water program shows how green infrastructure practices – integrating nature strategically into urban environments to control runoff and enhance other environmental values – … [Read more...]

BOCC hearing on Monrovia Town Center next week matters to all county residents and taxpayers!

On December 10th the Frederick County Board of County Commissioners will have their first public hearing on the controversial Monrovia Town Center (MTC), which proposes to build another 1,510 homes on farmland in … [Read more...]