Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Land-Use Planning Meets Preservation: 'Reclaiming the Strip' at Washington College

Chestertown, MD — Author and conservationist Randall Arendt will present "Reclaiming the Strip: Toward a Smarter, More Sustainable Future for our Gateway Approaches" at Washington College's Litrenta Lecture Hall on Tuesday, March 25, at 7 p.m.

The seminar is being presented by the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, the Kent County government and Washington College's Center for Environment & Society.

As a writer, landscape planner and conservation planning advocate, Randall Arendt is at the forefront of efforts to preserve the beauty of rural and exurban regions by ensuring that growth is approached judiciously. He is the head of the Rhode Island-based Greener Prospects, a unique consulting firm that bridges the gap between land-use planning and land conservation. The author of more than 20 publications, he received the American Institute of Architects' Award for Collaborative Achievement in 2005.

In his March 25 seminar at Washington College, Arendt will focus on practical ways to reclaim the highway strip, rebuilding it gradually with multi-story, mixed-use buildings instead of single-story, single-use strip structures.

The presentation will take a case-study approach, using a large number of projects as examples to illustrate various site designing and planning concepts, addressing both highway corridor strip developments and in-town infill situations. His examples will be from rural and suburbanizing areas similar to Chestertown and other Eastern Shore towns.

Admission to "Reclaiming the Strip" is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 410/827-9756, or

March 11, 2008

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