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Author Archives: Joe Nathanson

Our changing America

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The recent tragic events in Atlanta have had me thinking about a consulting assignment I undertook in the region about 15 years ago. The Atlanta Regional Commission, the regional planning entity with responsibility for a 10-county metro area, was assessing ...

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Opening doors in Md. with housing opportunities

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Among his earliest childhood memories, Brian McLaughlin recalls riding his little bike and playing in the green spaces afforded by his Columbia, Maryland, neighborhood. I had a chance to interview McLaughlin recently after hearing him speak about his new role ...

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Getting serious in Maryland about transit

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Schoolchildren stranded as they wait for a bus to get home from school. Workers constantly risking loss of a job due to lateness as they encounter unreliable transit connections. Persistent reports of buses out of service due to mechanical breakdowns, ...

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Looking ahead to a promising 2021

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We know it has been a tough year, but as 2020 comes to an end and we enter the new year, we have been receiving a flurry of announcements of major development projects suggesting that we may be coming out ...

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Confronting the evictions crisis

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Gov. Larry Hogan’s recent announcement of grants totaling $19.3 million for eviction prevention benefiting communities around the state is a welcome recognition of a looming crisis. The funds include $2 million for Baltimore city, $3 million for Baltimore County and ...

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Blue metros in a divided America

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If you were to take a look at the map of the United States through the lens of our current political polarization, you would notice some unmistakable patterns in blue and red. Whether you were to view a map showing ...

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Rethinking regional train service

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Back in the early 1970s, while a relatively new member of the staff of the Regional Planning Council (a predecessor to today’s Baltimore Metropolitan Council), I had occasional interaction with the chairman of the council, Milton H. “Mickey” Miller. The ...

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Housing on a level playing field

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ack the 1960s, at another time when the nation was reckoning with issues of race and racism, a series of landmark laws were passed: the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ending segregation in places of public accommodation and barring discrimination ...

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It’s time for a new New Deal

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The May jobs report for the nation provided the slightest glimmer of hope for the country’s economy, now suffering the deepest job losses in nearly a century. There were almost 21 million unemployed persons (an unemployment rate of 13.3 percent) ...

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