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Tag Archives: Joe Nathanson

Considering transit, again

The Greater Baltimore Committee’s recent transportation summit once again placed a spotlight on the need for the Baltimore area to invest in infrastructure critical to the region’s economic progress. The program featured a panel of speakers providing national, state and ...

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Census 2020: It’s really happening

A few days ago, I responded to knocking at my front door. Standing outside was a pleasant woman who announced that she was working on the 2020 census and needed to confirm that my location was still a residential address. ...

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Crafting a regional transportation plan

It may be useful to remind folks that proposed improvements to our network of roadways, bridges, transit services and other elements of the surface transportation system  have to come about through a formal planning process defined in federal law. Each ...

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The Fed as matchmaker

Most folks, should they happen to think of the Federal Reserve Bank, would typically consider it in its role as central banker. They may know that the Fed helps steer the nation’s economy from any dangerous shoals and that its ...

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Designing with nature

As an alum of PennDesign, I have been receiving reminders that this year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of a major work, “Design with Nature,” by Ian McHarg. A Scotsman born near Glasgow, McHarg, after spending seven years ...

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Planning enterprises aplenty

As someone with a background in city and regional planning, I suppose I should be gratified to learn of the many planning enterprises now underway in our area. Certainly, the American Planning Association and kindred professional groups serving city planners, ...

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This is no little plan

“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized.  Make big plans; aim high in hope and work …” Those are the words of Daniel Burnham, the architect and city ...

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Making a lasting impact

With many things vexing our nation and world at the start of this year … a federal government with substantial portions of critical agencies in shutdown and no end in sight, a Brexit fiasco about to unfold across “the pond,” ...

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A Baltimore optimist

With the approach of a new year, there is much unease about the state of the city. Crime, including homicides, remains at unacceptably high levels and places a cloud over efforts to invest in the city and its neighborhoods. Reports, ...

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Our region won the Amazon sweepstakes

The results are in and it’s a split decision! After a process that took 14 months, Amazon has settled on the locations of its new headquarters in Greater Washington and New York City. Baltimore was one of 238 communities that ...

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