A new transit line is slated to be built in West Baltimore, MD, and on March 15, 2014 Smart Growth America met with West Baltimore leaders to discuss how the community can make the most of this new neighborhood asset.
The March 15 workshop was designed to help West Baltimore plan for better development around several proposed Red Line stations. At the meeting public officials presented on programs targeted to address the existing challenges residents see in the neighborhood. Much of the discussion centered on how to attract development to the corridor in conjunction with the planned Red Line stations, as well as how to ensure that development is equitable, and serves the neighborhood’s current residents as well as the community’s broader needs.
West Baltimore’s Harlem Park Neighborhood Council was one of 22 communities selected to receive Smart Growth America’s 2013 free technical assistance workshops. The technical workshop program is made possible through a five-year Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities, which seeks to develop local planning solutions that help communities grow in ways that benefit families and businesses, while protecting the environment and preserving a sense of place. Three other nonprofit organizations—Forterra, Global Green USA and Project for Public Spaces—also received competitively awarded grants this year to help get the kinds of development they want.
- Implementing Transit-Oriented Development Tool Description (PDF)
- Presentation (PDF)
- West Baltimore: Next Steps Memo
- West Baltimore: Progress Report – 1 month (PDF)
- West Baltimore: Progress Report – 6 month (PDF)