Category: Planning, Urbanism, Development
Just learned of a genealogy workshop coming to Greenbelt on Sat 2/20 with the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center; but I’m busy that day!
Baltimore will tear down whole blocks of row houses to fight blight. Is that wise? By David Alpert on Greater Greater Washington
“What if Maryland improved MARC speeds and frequencies to make the trains Metro-like. Would Washington-area housing demand flow into Baltimore? Richard Layman doesn’t think so.
If it were that simple, it would already have happened. I reverse commuted to Baltimore for a time, and yes, Baltimore markets itself as a cheaper alternative for people working in DC, but it really stinks to spend a couple hours each way each day commuting, especially if one does it by sustainable means (bike/walk/transit).
As I wrote previously, Baltimore is undercut by massive overcapacity of development opportunity in the suburban counties, and great poverty and financial needs within the city, which outstrip its financial capacity. It lacks a transit network which would recenter demand on the center city, for both commercial and residential location.
Plus, while it has cool neighborhoods, the city is large and isn’t so walkable between neighborhoods as much as it is within neighborhoods. EYA has a trademark, “Life within walking distance.” Baltimore isn’t set up that way.
This American Life Episode
Mapping apps find the fastest route. But what are you missing along the way? Computer scientist Daniele Quercia describes how “happy maps” can give you the most beautiful route.
Hmmm, Baltimore tackling vacancies and blight