Baltimore County has listened to “spokes-persons” who pushed for designated bicycle routes in and around Towson, and on Wednesday county officials and bicyclists celebrated the opening of a 4.23-mile Bike Beltway.
Cyclists joined County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for an inaugural trip around the network, which loops around central Towson, passing Towson’s shopping district, government center, two universities, Towson High School and numerous residential neighborhoods.
“Towson is dense enough, it’s walkable enough that you shouldn’t have to drive from [Towson] university to the Towson Marketplace,” said Nate Evans, executive director of Bike Maryland.
via Towson Bike Beltway officially open to riders – baltimoresun.com.
Richard William Parsons, a retired Baltimore County librarian who also spent nearly 50 years as a residential advocate for Towson, died of cancer Monday at his Woodbine Avenue home. He was 87.
Born in Victoria, British Columbia, he was the son of Thomas Parsons, a commandant of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Laura Lyons, a homemaker. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Slavic languages at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and had a master’s degree in library science from McGill University. As a young librarian, he drove, often in sub-zero temperatures, in a bookmobile converted from a Toronto transit bus. He also worked summers for the Hudson’s Bay Company.
He became a staff member in the Brooklyn, N.Y., public library system, where he met his future wife, Jane Wallace Amos. While in New York, Mr. Parsons immersed himself in classical music and attended performances at the old Metropolitan Opera House and Carnegie Hall.
He joined the Baltimore County Public Library in 1962 and held the post of coordinator of adult services. A Baltimore Sun article published at his arrival said that the library was then “hopelessly overcrowded” and experiencing growing pains.
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Town-gown friction — that is, conflicts between universities and the surrounding community — are as old as universities themselves. Student revelry, often fueled by alcohol, is not so fun for working folks who have to cope with late night noise, vandalism, public urination and the like.
Suburban neighbors of Towson University, the largest college in the Baltimore area with more than 22,000 students, had long regarded those halls of academe with antagonism, thinking TU had been holding itself blameless if drunken students living off campus had, for example, vomited on their lawn.
via Town-gown partnership best way to confront alcohol abuse at TU [Editorial] – baltimoresun.com.
One Towson University student drank so much alcohol he was unable to speak and threw up “without a pause” before passing out outside a nearby apartment complex, according to an anguished email his mother sent to university officials. Another student attempted to drink a bottle of Southern Comfort and ended up in the hospital with a blood alcohol content of 0.34 percent, a level that’s life-threatening. In 2012, a rugby club member was so intoxicated he told a dormitory resident assistant that the year was 1993.
Those incidents, detailed in reports obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a Maryland Public Information Act request, offer a glimpse at a long-standing problem that has troubled school officials, as well as area residents who must deal with rowdy off-campus parties.
via Towson University works to curb longstanding issues with drinking – baltimoresun.com.
Traffic and parking continue to top the concerns of Towson residents who attended a community input meeting with the developer of 101 York, a student housing and retail project proposed for York Road near Burke Avenue.
About 100 people crowded into a basement meeting room at the Towson Library on Tuesday evening to air their apprehensions about the $75 million planned unit development project.
Residents questioned the project’s number of parking spaces as well as how increased traffic would affect an already clogged intersection at York Road and Burke Avenue, among other concerns.
via Parking, traffic still concerns on 101 York project in Towson – baltimoresun.com.