Baltimore’s Architecture Month begins in only a few days, on Thursday, September 6th. The eight week series of events will further educate citizens attending on the city’s rich architectural history and discuss the overall revitalization of Baltimore neighborhoods. Two September events that fit more in the latter category include Knitting Together: Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher Redevelopment Project on September 27th, and From Dollar Houses to Vacants to Value Strategies: 40 Years of Reinvention on September 29th.
The September 27th event is a free two-hour tour of the Barclay/Midway/Old Goucher Redevelopment Project. The project is “focused on mending the neighborhood fabric through scattered-site infill development of 268 site parcels,” including currently vacant lots, and transforming those into a variety of new and affordable forms of housing that will make for a more whole community. The location is currently TBA, but will be announced on aiabalt.com.
The September 29th event will be all day, from 8:30 am-3 pm, and will examine the history of key City vacant housing revitalization programs. Its morning session speakers include Baltimore Housing’s Paul Graziano, Robert Embry of the Abell Foundation and founder of the Dollar House Program, Jack Lapides, who provided government support to that program, and Mark Sissman of the Healthy Neighborhoods Program. They’ll be talking about the strengths and weaknesses of Baltimore’s Dollar House Program and how Baltimore’s current Vacants to Value (V2V) program has learned from the past. In the afternoon, a bus tour will take participants through neighborhoods revitalized by the Dollar House Program (including Barre Circle, Otterbein, and Federal Hill). This event will take place at:
Old Otterbein Church
112 W. Conway Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
The event costs $25 or $75 for AIA or AICP credit. Click here for registration information.
If you’re interested in rehabilitation of vacant housing in Baltimore, consider exploring Vacants to Value’s new Code Enforcement page, featuring maps on where the City is using a streamlined code enforcement strategy to expedite the redevelopment process, and where V2V is partnering with developers to focus its efforts.