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Baltimore's green necklace
Baltimore's green necklace

When people think of Baltimore, things such as the aquarium, Camden Yards, the Ravens, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Chesapeake Bay, blue crabs and perhaps past crime shows immediately come to mind. But I believe we have another asset that is unappreciated and worthy of recognition. The Boston metro area has a thin, green, linear, 1,100-acre open space area consisting of parks, waterways and parkways that, when viewed from the air, resembles an emerald necklace. This feature is difficult for most Bostonians to visualize from ground level but is, nonetheless, a symbol of the area and a source of local pride. Similarly, some Chicago-area residents take great pride in and identify with their...

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