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Author Archives: Joe Nathanson

Reinvesting in a historic city neighborhood

A little over five years ago, a consulting assignment took me to Miami, specifically to Miami’s Overtown neighborhood. Overtown was once the heart of Miami’s African American community. During the South’s Jim Crow era, Overtown became a thriving center of ...

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Climate action at the local level

The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), that convened in Glasgow Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 2021, served to focus attention on the global climate crisis – at least for those willing to pay attention. Of course, other events, ...

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We’re having an FDR moment

“Infrastructure Week” finally arrived. What had become a running joke during the four years of the previous administration became a tangible reality on Nov. 15, with the signing of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law by President Joe ...

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Tribute to Pat Massey, a Baltimore trailblazer

In 1977, Baltimore had been selected to participate in a 10-city demonstration program, the Community Economic Development Program. This was a Carter administration initiative intended to bring more coherence and collaboration as the designated cities pursued their goals in economic ...

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The path forward is not an easy one for SCMAGLEV

The vision is very seductive: Being able to hop on a train in Baltimore and arriving in Washington, D.C., just 15 minutes later. Or, boarding that train in Washington and enjoying a smooth ride to New York City in just ...

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Another take on the 2020 Census

The 2020 U.S. Census data release, known as P.L. 94-174, made headlines locally and nationally when it was made available earlier this month. Attention has rightfully focused on the use of the data for its intended purpose – the drawing ...

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Innovation in exurbia

In earlier times my work would occasionally take me to meetings at the Carroll County government offices. Leisure trips on a weekend would take me to some of the county’s small towns or a visit to the Carroll County Farm ...

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Those urging greenways in Baltimore have reason for optimism

The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy sees great potential in linking up our existing parklands and urban trails with the nation’s derelict industrial corridors and abandoned railroad tracks. Under the banner of its TrailNation initiative, the conservancy is helping communities from coast to ...

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