Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Press & Publications

2016

10/26/16 Revitalization efforts at Anne Arundel’s edge get another boostCapital Gazette: News article on developments in the community-driven Brooklyn/Curtis Bay/Brooklyn Park revitalization plan organized by Strong City

10/14/16 A vital fund for Baltimore, letter to the editor by Tyson Garith (Strong City Director of Partnerships and Business Services), Baltimore Sun

“Participatory budgeting is a step in the direction of more responsive and accountable municipal government. By directly involving our young residents in budgeting and city-building, we will … help ensure that the new youth fund reflects the priorities of all Baltimore residents.”

9/21/16 E.R. Shipp, prize winning author, on Baltimore, journalism and communityThe Afro: News article on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist E.R. Shipp’s talk at the 29th Street Community Center

9/19/16 Baltimore’s core neighborhoods quietly transformed, op-ed by Karen Stokes (Strong City CEO), Baltimore Sun

“Explore the core, and you’ll find attractive, stable neighborhoods that are as racially, economically, and culturally diverse as any in Baltimore.”

8/29/16 The Barclay Elementary/Middle School welcomes back students with rally, WMAR-Channel 2 segment on Strong City-coordinated back-to-school event for Barclay students

8/12/16 First Edition With Sean YoesStrong City Community School Coordinator Sharicca Boldon discusses education funding on WEAA-89.9 FM (relevant segment at 23:15 minute mark)

7/13/16 $90K grant from Wells Fargo targets growth in six Central Baltimore neighborhoodsBaltimore Business Journal: News article reports on grant won by Strong City Baltimore that will be administered by Central Baltimore Partnership to create a resident-driven community improvement plan in six key neighborhoods

6/14/16 Baltimore’s vacancy problem is not as bad as you think, by Peter Duvall (Strong City Community Revitalization Manager), Baltimore Sun

“Baltimoreans tend to damage ourselves by overstating the city’s problems. The scale of the vacant housing problem is large enough that no exaggeration is needed.”

5/18/16 For Brooklyn Park, new state grants could revitalize Anne Arundel’s ‘forgotten area,’ Capital Gazette: News article quotes Strong City South Baltimore Project Manager Ira Kowler on the planning process aimed at revitalizing Brooklyn/Curtis Bay/Brooklyn Park

5/11/16 Mount Royal, Strong City Baltimore partner on vacantsDaily Record: News article about the partnership between Strong City and the Mount Royal CDC to tackle vacant properties in the Mount Royal District

4/15/16 Don’t wait for the election to make change, by Karen Stokes (Strong City CEO), Baltimore Sun

“A single individual can only do so much. But a well-organized block, an empowered neighborhood, a coalition of committed citizens — these things translate into real power and real change.”

4/13/16 Cuts as unrest anniversary nearsBaltimore Brew: News article quotes Strong City Neighborhood Programs Director Karen DeCamp on the mayor’s proposed funding cuts to after-school programs

4/11/16 The Neighborhood Institute: connecting the communities of BaltimoreMaryland Morning (WYPR 88.1 FM): Strong City CEO Karen Stokes is interviewed about Strong City’s Neighborhood Institute and the role of community organizing in strengthening Baltimore

“[Karen Stokes is] at the forefront of organizing and effecting the kind of change that many people think is long overdue.”

4/6/16 Can methadone clinics and their neighbors find common ground? City Paper: News article about the concentration of methadone clinics in a small area of central Baltimore references work by Strong City Community Revitalization Manager Peter Duvall

4/4/16 Brooklyn Park: Community association gets update on revitalization plan, Capital Gazette: News article describing the work of Strong City’s South Baltimore Project Manager, Ira Kowler, in helping to create a comprehensive planning process for the Brooklyn Park-Curtis Bay-Brooklyn area

3/8/16 A long life of public service, with a remarkable last act, Baltimore Brew: News article about death of retired Liquor Board chairman Judge Thomas Ward quotes Strong City CEO Karen Stokes

2/11/16  Education Bill would provide more funding for community schoolsWBAL segment notes Strong City’s role in facilitating Johns Hopkins University’s funding of the new engineering lab at the Barclay School

1/29/16 Staff members shovel snow so learning can resume in Baltimore, WJZ segment on Waverly School’s response to snow emergency quotes Strong City community school site coordinator Jerrell Bratcher

1/27/16 Strong City Baltimore 2016, Afro.com, on Strong City’s VISTA Impact Taskforce launch event

1/13/16 Before Hogan’s Demolition, Community Building, by Karen Stokes (Strong City CEO), Baltimore Sun letter to the editor

“For this demolition program to succeed, the affected neighborhoods will need to be organized and engaged, a nuts-and-bolts process that includes door-knocking, asset-mapping, and reinvigorating neighborhood associations.”

 

2015

Rawlings-Blake’s last year Baltimore Sun Editorial

It inspired Strong City Baltimore (formerly the Greater Homewood Community Corporation) to launch a new program “focused on violence prevention …

Dan Rodricks interviews (interview begins at 37 minutes)  Karen Stokes, CEO of Strong City Baltimore, talks about the organization’s name and its mission in the aftermath of April’s unrest.

Razing homes the right way

Taking Pride in Baltimore

Hogan to replace all three members of Baltimore’s liquor board
After the riots, can the arts save Baltimore?
When A School Becomes More Than A School (Sheila Kast, WYPR)
‘Take a chance on these people’
North Baltimore marches, rallies show solidarity for peace

Volunteers Step Up After School Closings Leave Baltimore City Kids Hungry
Moving Focus Towards a Strong Baltimore (Mark Steiner Show)
STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools
Institute’s aim: Building better communities and corridors
Allow children sentenced to life a second chance

Communities Reimagined (My Town Season 1 – Episode 6)
Community helping former Charles Village apartment building tenant after fire
2015 Sustainable Growth Awards
Education Coalition Rallies New Activists To Fight Hogan’s Cuts
Urban Planning and Design Aren’t Optional

2014

City councilwoman counters school closing
Community leaders and parents protest school closure
Parents protest closure of Abbottston Elementary, saying enrollment is not dropping
‘Not just buildings’: Center helps develop community
JHU students, staff participate in President’s Day of Service
Award recognizes leading black men in Baltimore

Consultants show ways York Road could be improved in city

31 Displaced 26th Street residents to share $12,000 donation

In Baltimore, an ex-offender is in the business of second chances

Charles Village finds its ‘Mojo’ in quest to fill vacant storefronts

Baltimore officials unveil city’s newest school
A Decade In The Making, The New Waverly Elementary/Middle Opens It’s Doors
Five Questions That Matter with Karen Stokes
Baltimore’s Future: Karen Stokes on Building Construction Jobs
JHU’s Homewood campus neighbors embrace revitalized community center
GHCC Op-ed: Police can’t do it alone
Fluid Movement offers insights into community-building at Neighborhood Institute
Long-promised community school comes to fruition
City school advocates press gubernatorial candidates at forum
Baltimore’s Future: Chris Wilson on Building Job Opportunities for Residents
5 Questions That Matter with Chris Wilson

2013

Dear Science
The Stoop Storytelling Series with GHCC’s Chris Wilson
Strong first year for community initiative
A technology makeover for the 21st century
Greater Homewood honors those who help to transform Baltimore
Out and About with GHCC
Hopkins initiative helps fund renovations to Charles Village schools

New Volunteers in Service to America

Next schools CEO will have a foundation of community support on which to build
Nonprofit Launches $500K Harwood Revitalization Effort
Barclay Recreation Center Reopens Saturday

City’s old Barclay rec center to reopen as privately run community center
Community group presses ahead with plan to take over rec center
Word has it Scrabble Fundraiser is Saturday in Roland Park
Greater Homewood sponsors 6th annual Neighborhood Insitute
North Baltimore Education Advocates Rally for School Funds
Volunteers give Barclay Recreation Center a face lift
Barclay Rec Center Revitalized
Volunteers work to reopen shuttered Barclay Rec Center
Methadone Clinic Proposed Near Charles Village School

2012

Parents priase 10-year plan to modernize Baltimore schools
Greater Homewood honors those ‘who get things done’
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Awards More Than $376,000 to Baltimore-Area Nonprofits
Schaefer Legacy: $1.4 million for Baltimore Neighborhoods
Barclay Recreation Center to become community hub
Breaking Ground on Waverly School
Oakenshawe parents slow to embrace planned school in Waverly
In East Baltimore, a safe haven

City Demolishes 9 Harwood Homes
Scrabble Raises Cash for Adult Literacy Program
Neighborhood Institute’s focus: Growing Baltimore through housing and arts
Neighborhood leaders share tips for engaging residents
Painted Ladies Contest Honors Ilchester Avenue Block
Sending Kids to City Schools Still a Concern
York Road Shapes VISTA’s View of Baltimore