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Author Archives: Joe Nathanson

We’re having an FDR moment (access required)

“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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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A prototype for the next Baltimore (access required)

The recently released  2020 U.S. Census apportionment data revealed that Maryland had managed to keep pace with the nation in terms of population gains over the last decade. Population data for City of Baltimore, the counties and smaller pieces of ...

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Our changing America (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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