S4: Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative

APA Delaware Chapter


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

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The Baltimore region has long been an economic hub for Maryland, yet its core, neighborhoods in Baltimore City and its inner beltway communities, have suffered decline and disinvestment due to historic suburbanization. The 2013 House of Delegates Regional Revitalization Workgroup recommended the Baltimore Regional Neighborhoods Initiative, a pilot program administered by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, to increase the competitiveness and quality of life in Baltimore area communities. Building off of the State’s Sustainable Communities program promoting reinvestment in existing centers and de-incentivizing sprawl and greenfield development, the pilot program demonstrates how strategic investment and coordinated neighborhood strategies can lead to healthy, sustainable places with a growing tax base and enhanced community life. The panel of partner community development organizations includes the communities of: Central Baltimore City – Achieve sustainable revitalization in the 10 neighborhoods and one main street of Central Baltimore, through a strategy of growing the number of households and accessible retail and arts and other amenities, and engaging active, collaborative stakeholders. Dundalk, Baltimore County – Reinvigorate an aging inner beltway community with a goal of creating a broader range of housing choices for all incomes, including attracting middle-income homebuyers and increasing energy-efficiency of homes. Southeast Baltimore City – Expand the healthy real estate market in East Baltimore and stimulate a “walk to work” neighborhood adjacent to Johns Hopkins Medical Campus, via improvements to public spaces, increased residential lending and strong community engagement.