Smart Growth Maryland is a campaign of Preservation Maryland which advocates for a more environmentally and economically sustainable future that creates opportunities for all Marylanders through better development patterns. A major component of this campaign is focused on implementing smart growth policies at the local level across Maryland.
Timothy Bishop and Bryan Fischer, the chairman of the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County and the group’s County Council District 5 director, eloquently argued that preserving places like the Bel-Loc Diner makes sense aesthetically and economically. We appreciate our partners at the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County voice on this matter and their efforts have done all Maryland preservationists proud.
Bel-Loc Diner, ca. 1981, courtesy The Baltimore Sun
Bishop and Fischer conclude their argument by offering that,
“Starbucks and Baltimore County have the opportunity to create a world class model of economic development and preservation. It is our hope that private industry and government make the right choice. Slash and burn developers turn a quick profit and leave acres of pavement and sameness in their wake. Baltimore County deserves better. Our history and our places deserve a future.”