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Ephermal Art and Creative Placemaking Two Case Studies: Long Branch & Chestertown, MD

Ronit Eisenbach, Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Maryland College Park will discuss the creative placemaking framework and strategies. She will demonstrate the engaged role that the arts can play by sharing two of her own installation/performance projects, Placeholders and WaterLines, projects sited in commu-nities grappling with change. The former in Long Branch, MD anticipating the Purple Line’s impact and the latter on the Eastern Shore, in Chestertown, MD seeking to stimulate the economy while at the same time, protect a historic town from unwanted development and cli-mate change. 

PALS Program to Partner with Anne Arundel County, City of Annapolis

The University of Maryland’s Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability Program (PALS) has announced its fourth community partnership, this time with Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis, Md. Set to launch in August, the yearlong collaboration will match coursework across a variety of disciplines on UMD’s College Park campus with economic, environmental and social challenges prioritized by county and city governments, as they look to improve quality of life for those who work and live in the Chesapeake Bay Region. 

New Ridership Model Poised to Assist WMATA in Planning for a Changing Washington-Area

A landmark transit ridership model developed by the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth (NCSG) suggests that the location of job and households, the level of transit service, the cost of travel by different modes, and the level of transit fares all fundamentally shape the demand for ridership on Washington’s Metrorail system, Metro. Shared recently with Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) administrators and staff, the Origin-Destination Land Use Ridership Model (OD-LURM), helps inform the nature of rail ridership trends for Metro in the Washington metropolitan area. 

The Atlantic's CityLab Highlights Knaap's Work on Equity and Opportunity

NCSG PhD student Eli Knaap and his thesis work were featured in a new article in The Atlantic's online, urban-investigative arm, CityLab. The piece discusses the relative success of the Baltimore region's housing mobility program.

MM3 Proposal Deadline Extended to January 29

The NCSG invites proposals for presentations at Makeover Montgomery 3: Balancing Change in America’s Suburbs, a conference to be held May 4-6, 2016. The NCSG is co-hosting MM3 with the Montgomery County (MD) Planning Department. Proposals are now due by January 29.