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I read with interest the article in the Towson Times (http://bsun.md/1IX4cKg) about recent development in Towson. As a resident of Rodgers Forge I have a strong interest in developing Towson as a strong, vital community without sacrificing quality of life.

In general I am pleased with the recent development of downtown Towson. My two children attend Baltimore County public schools. Good schools – and good county services – cost money. So it is important to me that Baltimore County grow, not stagnate.

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Baltimore County can either grow up, or out. One drawback of county living is the amount of time I spend driving to far-flung businesses in White Marsh and Cockeysville. I'd much rather have growth happen in a centrally located area – both for my convenience, and to preserve green space elsewhere. If development can happen in a core that is easy to navigate on foot, by bike, or via mass transit, so much the better.

I am grateful for the work that Councilman David Marks has done to support a vital, 21st-century Towson. As the article notes, he has encouraged development, which has led to a renaissance of downtown Towson. At the same time, he has helped to protect residential areas away from the Towson core. He consistently supports bike and transit infrastructure, which will help alleviate traffic and parking concerns. He has helped to support new parks and green space improvements in Patriot Plaza and the Radebaugh property.

The green space concern discussed in the article is real, and important. The challenge can best be met not by opposing all development, but by directing development to a central area while supporting dedicated parks and green space in Baltimore County.

Allan Massie

Towson

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