April 25, 2012 – Segment 1

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the future of development in Maryland.  Should the state take action to curb suburban sprawl?

Join us for an Urbanite Radio Story about the future of development in Maryland.  Should the state take action to curb suburban sprawl? Rich Hall, Maryland’s director of planning, Gerald Winegrad, a professor of public policy at University of Maryland, and Leslie Knapp Jr., Associate Director of Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) discuss housing, transportation, and energy concerns.

You can read McKay Jenkins’ article, “The Era of Suburban Sprawl Has to End,” in this month’s Urbanite Magazine.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. Bob Kaufman says:

    It is hard for me to tell if you are purposely misinformed or simply being a bomb thrower for effect because I know you are not ignorant. Your description of the way of the local world when it comes to real estate development is so way off base it sounds like willful ignorance. When your friend and mine, Ray Blank worked with me he often said that he recognized the difficulty of working with a developer who was contributing to the degradation of the environment but thought that at least we were doing it at a slower rate and with more sensitivity. Sorry but as long as we grow in population, drive cars, eat food grown outside our local area, buy goods from China – we are degrading this environment. Development will occur no matter what you think or do and the decision is political as well as economic. Developers do not control the political landscape – just think about it, there is no monolithic developer or development organization. Patarakis and St. John no doubt have a lot of political and economic power but other developers are constantly competing against them. You can’t honestly tell me you do not know how Charles County developed with Sprawl. You don’t like it (neither do I) but you know how it happened. It is geometrically more difficult to develop in existing growth areas than develop in greenfields exactly because of the hundreds of people who protest within their communities versus the dearth of people affected in developing areas. Where in this county is there a growing economy where this is not happening? When you have some time and if you are willing, I would be happy to meet with you and talk to you about my real world experience. The question is not how to stop sprawl but how to manage growth.
    Say hi to Valerie for me.
    Bob Kaufman

  2. GlenW says:

    Stop enabling it. Stop building bigger and wider highways. Enact land preservation. Encourage redevelopment in Baltimore from the ground up, NOT from city hall. Allowing Baltimore to annex suburbs like Catonsville, Towson, Arbutus, Pikesville, etc. 50 years ago may have reduced sprawl initially and would have allowed Baltimore to thrive instead of decay.

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