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Baltimore Bets on Placemaking

Investment in improving public spaces seen as key to keeping and attracting businesses and residents in Baltimore.

Writing in the Baltimore Sun, Lorraine Mirabella explores the Downtown Partnership's plans to create more attractive and active public spaces in an effort to generate economic activity. Without funding in place for the larger initiatives outlined in the open space plan, the City is moving ahead with small scale improvements and "lighter, quicker, cheaper" solutions.

"At Hopkins Plaza and throughout downtown we are trying to go back and correct the overusage of man-made materials and get away from that bunkerlike feel of excessive concrete and hardscape," said Nan Roher, the partnership's vice president of economic development and planning.

Full Story: Baltimore's downtown public spaces get a face-lift

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