In response to the spring 2015 unrest following the death of Freddie Gray, there was an evident need for a clear, collective, community-driven vision for some of Baltimore’s most blighted neighborhoods. The East Baltimore Revitalization Plan presents big ideas for connecting and building on neighborhood assets, and recommends strategic infill to provide opportunities for people of all walks of life. By focusing new development along corridors with the highest vacancy rates, the plan supports existing residents and recommends new housing typologies to bring people and amenities back to the area. The project’s public outreach was a comprehensive, three-step process, focused on empowering residents by teaching them about planning practices, terminology, and process.
Our approach uses robust engagement founded on empowering residents to provide comprehensive community input and involving public and private stakeholders across a city.
Pastor Hickman’s church is now at the center of efforts to revive the area, and he has the help of some heavyweight collaborators.
An editorial from Jay Brodie examines the community-led effort to revitalize a struggling neighborhood.