Why Greenspace is different from a Park

It's nice to be outside and among nature, especially this time of year. For urban residents, access to nature is particularly important because it's not as easy to come by. And the way we provide nature in cities is … [Read more...]

Great idea: Form-based codes

New urban codes have allowed cities and towns to code for complete neighborhoods and public spaces as shared-use places. Since the middle of the 20th Century, zoning has been a force toward … [Read more...]

Is placemaking a ‘new environmentalism?’

If our approach to environmentalism should be "new," so too should our approach to urbanism. Can placemaking – in short, the building or strengthening of physical community fabric to create great … [Read more...]

Addiction on the Monocacy

I climbed through the pile of debris, a great mass of limbless logs, sticks, mud, and leaves driven together in a recent flood, in order to grab the Frappuccino bottle for my trash bag. It was only at the last moment, as … [Read more...]

Great idea: Mixed-use urban centers

In the 20th Century, retail shifted from main streets and downtowns to strip shopping centers, enclosed malls, and big box stores. Building and revitalizing urban centers is one of the great tasks of the New Urbanism, … [Read more...]

Green Neighbor Festival: Culler Lake in the spotlight (May 20 & 21)

In a few short weeks, Culler Lake will be the site of the first ever Green Neighbor Festival celebrating environmentally friendly practices to protect our natural resources. In 2015-2016, Culler Lake … [Read more...]

Support the bill to Prevent Zoning Amendments immediately before and after elections

There is an important public hearing this Tuesday evening (May 2, at 7:00pm) for County Executive Jan Gardner's proposed legislation to prohibit zoning amendments six months before and three months after Frederick County … [Read more...]

Brenda Platt on May 25th: Composting to reduce waste, create jobs and fight climate change

Envision Frederick County and the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood College are very pleased to invite you to join us for a free presentation by Brenda Platt as part of our ongoing speaker … [Read more...]