Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Vacant buildings on Howard Street, Baltimore

People often opine that once you introduce transit into a community, economic improvement/economic development automatically results. This is emphatically not true. A number of preconditions need to be in place, or programs in place to specifically leverage the transit as it is introduced, in order to truly reap _potential_ benefits.

The light rail has been in operation in Baltimore City since the early 1990s. Much of Howard Street still languishes, despite the 18 years the service has been in operation.


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