All Posts Tagged With: "revitalization"

Neighborhood Design Center

photos by: Joe Stewart

The Neighborhood Design Center works throughout the Baltimore and Prince George’s County area helping residents, small non-profit organizations, and community development corporations do what they typically otherwise couldn’t: improve their communties. These communities many times are seeking to improve blocks and homes, renovate parks and school grounds, reclaim abandoned structures for new community uses, improve neighborhood commercial districts, etc., but simply lack the means. The Neighborhood Design Center helps by offering multiple free services: conceptual building and site plans, preliminary feasability studies and cost estimates, neighborhood master plans, and community development guidance. As the center itself is a non-profit, it does all this by mobilizing volunteer architects, planners, landscape architects, engineers, and other design professionals who donate their professional services to help neighborhoods in their initial revitalization efforts. Through their work the center hopes to strengthen community participation in neighborhood improvement efforts, educate the public about the value of good design, and serve as a catalyst for increased investment in neighborhood development.

Greater Homewood Community Corporation

photo by: alyssaGreater Homewood Community Corporation (GHCC) is a non-profit organization serving 40 different neighborhoods in and around the north central areas of Baltimore City. Founded in 1969 to strengthen and safe guard communities the corporation helps to improve education, youth development, adult literacy and economic development and community revitalization.

Reservoir Hill Improvement Council

courtesy of: RHICWith roots dating back to the late 1970s, the Reservoir Hill Improvement Council dedicates itself to the revitalization of communities south of Druid Hill Park in northwest Baltimore City. Though a lack of investment has caused these communities to suffer, the council exists to educate the public on the rich history and resources possessed by the Reservoir Hill area, under the impression that an informed, organized and engaged citizenry is necessary for equitable community planning. They accomplish their mission by training community leaders to be effective, knowledgeable advocates, promoting mutual support among community associations, mobilizing residents in collective projects and campaigns, and advocating for policies and practices that support equitable revitalization.