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Tag Archives: Joe Nathanson

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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Hoping for a rail revival in Baltimore (access required)

One of my earliest childhood memories is that of being lost … in New York City’s Pennsylvania Station. It was only a brief time that my four-year-old self was separated from my mother, but I certainly felt then and remember ...

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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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Looking ahead to a promising 2021 (access required)

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

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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