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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
City leaders will unveil an ambitious long-term plan for the Inner Harbor Wednesday designed to restore pizazz to a vital area that's beginning to show its age. The "Inner Harbor 2.0" plan calls for constructing a pedestrian bridge to connect Harbor East with Federal Hill, turning Rash Field into a grassy park and squaring Light Street to link McKeldin Plaza to the harbor amphitheater. Other elements include a kayak launch, bike share program and urban beach, featuring a floating swimming pool.
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Dan Rodricks | August 15, 2014
First, let me acknowledge the following: The Baltimore harbor is still too polluted, too many Baltimoreans still throw too much trash in the street; we need better results from the city's public schools and more involved parents of school-age kids; we need to lower property taxes; we need to better support city businesses; we need to foster healthy morale and principled duty among teachers, firefighters and police officers, and they need to be adequately...
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 2, 2012
The Harford County Council will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening, Feb. 7, on legislation to adopt the 2012 Master Plan and Land Use Element Plan. These plans are used as a basis for future zoning and development decisions by the county and typically serve as a prelude to a countywide comprehensive zoning review which will follow within the next two years. Tuesday's hearing on Bill 12-01 will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the regular county council chambers at 210 S. Bond St. in Bel Air. This will be the first council proceeding to be held in the "Black Box" building since its structural problems were fixed.
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By Doug Miller | May 30, 2014
Necessity, it's said, is the mother of invention. It moved Jason Orndorff to reinvent his look to resemble something from "Star Trek. " As he wheeled into Friday's Bike to Work Day event at The Mall in Columbia, a red light flashed from the back of his head. What at first appeared to be a cybernetic implant actually was just a blinking bicycle light he had hung from the rigging of his helmet. "If I hang it on my wedge bag, it points downward. If I put it on the back, my pannier gets in the way," Orndorff said.
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By Meg Tully, For The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
Howard County planners are developing a new bicycle master plan to guide road projects and connections to create a bike transportation network. The extensive plan is being developed over a year and will address bicycling capabilities on 300 roadways. It will also look at off-road paths and determine the need for bike racks, more bicycle commuting and a proposed shared bike system. In order to target specific locations that need improvement, the county is turning to interactive technology.
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September 24, 2011
WESTMINSTER - The Carroll County Planning Commission will host its next work session on the county's Master Plan update Monday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m., in room 003 of the County Office Building, 225 N. Center St., in Westminster. On the agenda is a discussion of several components of the plan, including its overall "vision statement" and community involvement, as well as aspects relating to agriculture in the county. Documents related to the master plan are available for review online at ccgovernment.carr.org/ccg/compplan/masterplan2011.
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By Luke Broadwater and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
A day after hundreds of Baltimore residents voiced strong opposition to a preliminary plan to add more parking spaces and an access road to Patterson Park, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Tuesday that she was creating a "working group" to study the park's future. "Today, I've ordered the Department of Recreation and Parks and the Health Department to work with Councilman [James] Kraft and community stakeholders to create a Patterson Park Master Plan Working Group," Rawlings-Blake wrote in a letter sent to citizens.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff Writer | January 19, 1993
Neighborhood center zoning dominated the discussion at las night's Mount Airy master plan work session, the first joint meeting of the Town Council and Planning Commission on the FTC proposed document.The proposed zoning, to be limited to about four 20-acre sites specified in the master plan, would allow a mixture of housing types to provide transitions between various zoning areas.The proposed zoning also would allow people to work in large, single-family homes.Councilman Marc Nance drew applause from the eight-member audience when he said the issue for homeowners is that they don't want a row of townhouses built behind their single-family dwellings.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Sun Staff Writer | March 8, 1994
After a year of workshops, revisions and discussion, the Town Council approved the 1993 Mount Airy Master Plan last night.The plan, developed by town planner Teresa Bamberger and the Planning Commission, is a blueprint to guide growth and development over the next 10 years.Revision of the 1982 plan began three years ago.Council President Delaine Hobbs commended Ms. Bamberger and Planning Commission Chairman Frederick Goundry for the work."I think you've come up with a master plan that's do-able and acceptable," he said.
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May 4, 2008
General Growth Properties Inc. will host a "Vision in Focus" series this week as a continuation of the "Many Voices, One Vision" draft master plan. Elements of the draft plan, including sustainability, environmentalism, transit and traffic, and culture will be presented by the project consultants. Those dates are: Tuesday: Sustainability/environment -- 7 p.m., Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway. Wednesday: Transit/traffic -- 7 p.m., Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway.
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May 6, 2014
Power brokers count upon apathy about Symphony Woods Despite my reputation as a community and political activist, I had developed a veil of apathy, indifference and cynicism about Columbia's "politics". Quite frankly, I saw much of the decision-making about what happened at our village centers and public arenas as rigged in favor of an interlocking directorate, with certain barely elected, perhaps naive CA board members being used to do the bidding of the power brokers who were really calling the shots.
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March 25, 2014
When the Downtown Columbia master plan was approved in 2010 after years of work, Merriweather's supporters had every reason to cheer. The pavilion we had long fought to keep from the wrecking ball was not only "saved," but it was slated to receive significant renovations and be turned over to a nonprofit community group. Despite several successful concert seasons since, things have gone downhill. An updated physical needs assessment notes that Merriweather Post will need significantly more renovations than was originally anticipated, largely because of a failure of its owners to invest in the pavilion.
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March 18, 2014
I was one of the original planners of Columbia, moving from California to Baltimore in 1965 to work with Bill Finley, Mort Hoppenfeld, Bob Tennenbaum and a small group of planners on the soon to be developed New Town. I was hired by Jim Rouse shortly after the master plan had been approved by Howard County and, with Frank Gehry (then of Gehry, Walsh and O'Malley) Gerry Cope and others planned the Merriweather Post Pavilion , Columbia's lakefront and early neighborhoods. I've recently moved back to Baltimore.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2014
The pill peddlers were busy on Eutaw Street. Up and down the sidewalk they shuffled, hawking a variety of goods - methadone, the anxiety drug Xanax and other prescription medications - in a street code repeated over and over. "Bukes and bars, bukes and bars," one man said rhythmically, slang for the buprenorphine strips used to treat heroin addiction and bar-shaped Xanax tablets. Steps away, a huge sign heralded the entrance to another busy world of buying and selling: "World Famous Lexington Market," a fixture on downtown Baltimore's west side since 1782.
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January 9, 2014
I need to reply to Adam Sachs' cyclists letter on Dec. 26, 2013. I fully agree with Mr. Sachs' letter and his strong support for better/safer biking Maryland. He rides his bike [with bike trailer] around much of Howard County and Columbia and is disturbed that much of the HoCo roads are not safe [treacherous, his words] to ride his bike. He asked bike folks to get more involved with the Howard County Transportation  Departments to get the Bike Master Plan passed and implemented.
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By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | November 12, 2013
City leaders will unveil an ambitious long-term plan for the Inner Harbor Wednesday designed to restore pizazz to a vital area that's beginning to show its age. The "Inner Harbor 2.0" plan calls for constructing a pedestrian bridge to connect Harbor East with Federal Hill, turning Rash Field into a grassy park and squaring Light Street to link McKeldin Plaza to the harbor amphitheater. Other elements include a kayak launch, bike share program and urban beach, featuring a floating swimming pool.
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by a Sun reporter | April 23, 2008
General Growth Properties Inc. will present a draft master plan for the revitalization of Town Center on Monday evening that integrates concepts generated during the Howard County charrette in 2005 and the meetings with the community since then. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. at Spear Center, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway. The plan will be further refined with discussions in each of the villages. For anyone without alternative means of transportation, arrangements may be made by calling GGP at 410-992-6500 by 5 p.m. Friday.
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By GADI DECHTER and GADI DECHTER,SUN REPORTER | July 14, 2006
A Baltimore architectural firm was honored this week for its master plan of the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University, more than five years after the plan was developed. Ayers Saint Gross received the annual Excellence in Planning for an Established Campus prize, which is awarded jointly by the Society for College and University Planning and the American Institute of Architects. The award acknowledges not only a plan's design but also the success of its implementation. Since Hopkins adopted the master plan in early 2001, the fast pace of construction on the Charles Village campus has closely followed Ayers Saint Gross' development road map, said Luanne Greene, who directs the firm's campus planning.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2013
The Annapolis City Council approved a new vision plan for downtown's City Dock shortly after midnight Tuesday, the culmination of a process that stretched over three years and became a top issue for next week's city election. Starting with the creation of a citizen's advisory committee and ending with an 8-1 vote in the wee hours of the morning in the nearly-empty council chambers, the City Dock process has been fraught with disagreements over parking, traffic and how the historic area could be allowed to be redeveloped in the future without ruining its maritime charm.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
The Annapolis city council is rushing to finish business on a number of weighty issues before city elections Nov. 5, including adoption of the controversial new master plan for downtown's City Dock. By Mayor Josh Cohen's count, the city council has had more than 16 hours of meetings devoted to review and revision of the plan during multiple sessions in October. A reworked plan will be the focus of a public hearing Monday night, with a potential vote scheduled for Oct. 28. "I think the changes we've made are responsible, and they're responsive to the public input we've heard," Cohen said.
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