PALS and the City of Frederick, MD



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About Frederick

The City of Frederick was founded in 1745 and boasts a renowned historic district, thriving commercial corridors, rapid economic growth, and a highly educated workforce. At just over 66,000 residents, is the second-largest incorporated city in Maryland, behind only Baltimore. The City’s ethnic diversity is continually growing, it is emerging as a leading national location for the bioscience industry, and its location as a crossroads has been a factor in its development as a distribution center both for the movement of people and goods in Western Maryland.

Despite being one of the fastest growing areas in the region, Frederick’s residential and commercial development is balanced by 57 municipal parks which offer recreational programs and facilities including organized league athletics, nature-based study programs, tennis courts, swimming pools, fishing spots, walking trails and 13 golf courses. The City is also designated as an Arts & Entertainment District as well as a Great American Main Street. Impressive architecture and public art works abound in the historic district where you are never more than a few blocks away from one of four performance and fine art centers or a host of private galleries. Lasly, Frederick has a total area of just over 22 square miles and houses portion of the Monocacy River and Carroll Creek which is the centerpiece of a world-class, mixed-use urban park running through its historic downtown district.

About the Partnership

PALS and the University of Maryland have joined forces with Frederick to tackle projects ranging from assessing climate change impacts on the City’s watershed to creating design alternatives for the City’s surplus properties and engaging minority communities in the revitalization effort. In total, the University is undertaking 30 projects with the City of Frederick covering planning and development, energy and the environment, and social issues.


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Frederick PALS Course reports 2014-2015

  Fall 2014 - Course Reports

Downtown Architectural Tour Guide (report)

Downtown Architectural Tour Guite (map)

Climate Change and the Frederick Watershed

Invasive Species and the Frederick Watershed

Human Dimensions of the Frederick Watershed

Reconnecting Neighborhoods: Carroll Creek & The Communities of Frederick, MD

Analysis of Proposed Hotel and Conference Center

Hotel and Conference Center Demand Analysis

57 Creekside Luxury Aprartment and Retail Community

A Comparison of the Accessibility of Three Neighborhods Institutions and Amenities 

Accessibility and Infrastructure in the City of Frederick

FDK Airport Strategy (Group 1)

FDK Airport Strategy (Group 2)

Neighborhood Locations and Amenities

Frederick Neighborhood Identification

Route 15 Greenhouse Gas and Traffic Impacts

Site C-2 Feasibility Analysis (Part 1)

Site C-2 Feasibility Analysis (Part 2)

Site C-2 Feasibility Analysis (Part 3)

Algae in Carroll Creek: Green Infrastructure and Community Greening Approaches

Carroll Creek Wildlife Recreation Area Conceptual Plan

 Spring 2015 - Course Reports

City of Frederick Carbon Footprint and Energy Profile: Executive Summary

City of Frederick Carbon Footprint and Energy Profile: Chapter 1

City of Frederick Carbon Footprint and Energy Profile: Chapter 2

City of Frederick Carbon Footprint and Energy Profile: Chapter 3

East Frederick Monocacy Boulevard City-Owned Property Development 

North East Street Reimagination

 Summer 2015 - Course Reports

Frederick Sustainability Plan

  Frederick Project Story Map

 A multimedia journey through all of Frederick's PALS projects in 2014-15.