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Old 02-02-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Cities in Maryland such as (Rockville, Gaithersburg, Frederick, Hagerstown, Bowie, Annapolis, etc.) each have very different populations with different goals for each city. What are some of the plans for the cities you live in or cities you know about? What kind of development will dominate the future of those cities? What kind of development will they focus on in the future:

-urban town center's
-suburban style single family homes
-garden style apartments and traditional town homes
-gridded streets with row homes and high rises
-regular strip shopping center's
-combination of everything
-increased rail transit
-increased bus transit



Will your city try to maintain the current density level and preserve the historic charter your city possesses or will they increase density and change the dynamics to a different place? What would you rather they do? Are you excited about the future for your city?
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Every incorporated Town (157 of them) in MD must have an adopted Comprehensive Plan updated every 6 years (new State law, used to be 10 years) which has to follow general guidelines set out by the MD Department of Planning. This plan, and the ordinaces implementing it, has to follow those guidelines along with any others that are overlaid such as Critical Areas.

As far as land use (types/styles of housing for example) that is governed by the locality's zoning ordinance, again following state guidlines. The Health Department gets into the act by certifying that the sewer and water service is adequate. State Highway determines some of the road issues as they pertain to state highways.


For unincorporated areas County zoning addresses the issues. In PG and Montgomery MD National Capital Park and Planning does the zoning.
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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My city is shrinking in population and "growth" plans focus on eliminating blighted structures, rehabing abandoned industrial space into green space or affordable housing, consolidating government services to save money, begging the state for the return of the gas tax money to keep the streets paved, and overall trying to run a city build for 40k citizens that now houses 1/2 that many.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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My city is shrinking in population and "growth" plans focus on eliminating blighted structures, rehabing abandoned industrial space into green space or affordable housing, consolidating government services to save money, begging the state for the return of the gas tax money to keep the streets paved, and overall trying to run a city build for 40k citizens that now houses 1/2 that many.
Cumberland started decling in the 1950 much like many cities in the country. I'm sorry to hear that it hasn't rebounded yet. What are they doing to combat it?
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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What can you do to fight international market forces? The city tried for about 20 years to reattract smoke stack industry, it failed. They tried "urban renewal" which meant tearing down about 1/2 of downtown for roads, garages, and strip malls, then bricking up our "main street" in an attempt to make it an "outdoor mall" making it nearly impossible to get to.

Then of course, there is tourism which employs some, and an "arts district" which is trying to market the city as a cheap place to live for people that are on limited income yet make good citizens (starving artists.) The city has given land away for nothing to developers, ask for no taxes in return, so now we have several 1/2 completed 1/2 occupied new townhouses in the city.

But the number #1 strategy the City has employed is sending WSB on to Citydata.com to spread the word that Cumberland is a cheap, safe, beautiful, and overall wonderful place to live
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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What can you do to fight international market forces? The city tried for about 20 years to reattract smoke stack industry, it failed. They tried "urban renewal" which meant tearing down about 1/2 of downtown for roads, garages, and strip malls, then bricking up our "main street" in an attempt to make it an "outdoor mall" making it nearly impossible to get to.

Then of course, there is tourism which employs some, and an "arts district" which is trying to market the city as a cheap place to live for people that are on limited income yet make good citizens (starving artists.) The city has given land away for nothing to developers, ask for no taxes in return, so now we have several 1/2 completed 1/2 occupied new townhouses in the city.

But the number #1 strategy the City has employed is sending WSB on to Citydata.com to spread the word that Cumberland is a cheap, safe, beautiful, and overall wonderful place to live
Wow...that's too bad. Does Cumberland have rail road access? Im sure the city would benefit by having commuter rail to DC and Baltimore. Just keep spreading the word man. Maybe you will make people aware that want to live in a city like Cumberland.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Hagerstown
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Cumberland is a really neat place. Good folks up there. Beautiful scenery. Neat buildings. Has a lot going for it, that's for sure.
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Old 02-03-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Cumberland is a huge rail center for CSX. Cumberland is where the CSX mainline cuts through the mountains towards Pittsburgh, as well as where a secondary line splits down to the WV coalfields and into Cincinnatti. CSX employ about 800 people in a large maintenance shop and switching yard. Amtrack comes through as well. I wouldn't hold my breath on the high speed commuter train though. I suspect the state has lots of commuter projects in line in front of a super train to a city of 20k, 145 miles away.
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:15 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Cumberland is a huge rail center for CSX. Cumberland is where the CSX mainline cuts through the mountains towards Pittsburgh, as well as where a secondary line splits down to the WV coalfields and into Cincinnatti. CSX employ about 800 people in a large maintenance shop and switching yard. Amtrack comes through as well. I wouldn't hold my breath on the high speed commuter train though. I suspect the state has lots of commuter projects in line in front of a super train to a city of 20k, 145 miles away.
Its to far off the main Population center to reak any benefits form a Commuter or Regional Railway. Hagerstorm is the farthest you'll see any restored....Although the Eastern shore of MD will see alot restored...
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