Baltimore Points The Way Forward For Urban Renewal

Neal Peirce describes how Baltimore's first mixed income neighborhood since WWII is taking shape on the east side just north of the Johns Hopkins campus.

'Responsible Redevelopment' involves building "reconstructed neighborhoods based on robust resident engagement and technical assistance." The approach was developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, along with the Mayor O'Malley and is responsible for successfully revitalizing the second poorest neighborhood in Baltimore. The area suffered high crime rates, urban decay and lack of employment but supported 35% home ownership, which is where the focus of the Casey Foundation was greatest.

Roberta Brandes Gratz states "there's never before been an honest relocation effort where there were actual one-on-one dealings with the people being displaced. This sounds like a real breaking of the mold."

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