Four Characteristics of Active, Healthy Neighborhoods

Scientists are learning more and more about how where we live affects the amount of exercise we get, and thus how fit and healthy we are likely to be. In general, city dwellers are particularly well placed to get regular … [Read more...]

Fishing Creek watershed, the city’s gem

Nestled between Gambrill and Cunningham Falls state parks is a 7,000-acre forested parcel of city-owned land designated to protect Fishing Creek watershed and reservoir, an impoundment that provides about 11 percent of … [Read more...]

What we like – and don’t like – about our cities

American city dwellers place a high value on their cities’ food offerings, from restaurants to farmers’ markets. We also love historic buildings and good public spaces. Traffic, not so much. These findings are from a … [Read more...]

Sustainability and the urban commons (Part 1 of 2)

My neighborhood has a “commons.” So does yours. The commons comprises those explicitly or, in some cases, implicitly shared resources in which the community as a whole has an interest. At a minimum, these include the … [Read more...]

Rezone Baker Park for Mixed Use Development?

Okay. Nobody is proposing to rezone Baker Park! And there's no doubt such a proposal would be absurd to virtually anyone who knows downtown Frederick, the surrounding neighborhoods and, of course, Baker Park itself. … [Read more...]