Building and Strengthening Neighborhoods and People

Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Beautify Your Block” with Kari Snyder

If you and your neighbors are looking to improve your block, ‘Beautify Your Block’ by Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will give you some creative ideas for a new project! Register for this workshop, and many more, here.

Have you always imagined making improvements on your block? Maybe you would like to see more trees or planters on the street to enhance the physical beauty of your block. Maybe you would like to see everyone on your block get new porch lights to improve your neighborhood’s safety and walkability. Whatever your idea might be, block projects are a simple way to improve the physical appeal of your block and create a more unified appearance, all while building a stronger community.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC (left) with a Southeast Baltimore resident.

Block projects might seem like a straightforward way to make physical improvements to your neighborhood, but they also represent a mechanism for bringing together neighbors and beginning to explore complicated community issues. In the workshop, Kari Snyder of Southeast CDC will share some successful project implemented in the Highlandtown and Patterson Park neighborhoods. The presentation will explore the successes and challenges of these projects and resources that you can use for projects in your community. Kari will share what types of block projects have worked in the past, how to avoid common pitfalls, and how to find funding for your project.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Bringing Families to Baltimore” by Steven Gondol and Annie Milli

If your neighborhood is looking to better attract young families and new homeowners, ‘Bringing Families to Baltimore’ by Steve Gondol and Annie Milli of Live Baltimore is the workshop for you. To attend this workshop, and many others, register here.

Across Baltimore’s many diverse neighborhoods, attracting and retaining young families is incredibly important. Young families are more likely to invest and work to improve their communities, but even the most loyal, active families will pack up and move elsewhere in the City, or to the County, if they feel their neighborhood is not meeting all of their needs.

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Steve Gondol, Executive Director of Live Baltimore.

 

Neighborhoods that are losing families and young homeowners are not typically healthy, growing neighborhoods. Live Baltimore’s Way to Stay family retention program has analyzed Baltimore’s neighborhoods, looking at factors that are most likely to attract and retain young families. These selections are based on feedback and criteria from real City families to identify “Five Star Family Neighborhoods”. In their workshop, Steve Gondol and Annie Millli of Live Baltimore will share the Way to Stay selection criteria and how you can improve your standing as a family-friendly neighborhood. Check out this link to see if your community is already a Five Star Neighborhood. During their workshop, Steve and Annie will share how neighborhoods can market themselves to families and improve their Way to Stay ranking.

Many thanks to Live Baltimore for sponsoring the 2015 Neighborhood Institute. LiveBaltimore_logo_tagline_2013_rgb_hires

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will beheld on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Come Love a Forest Patch” by Katie Lautar

If you are looking to protect the natural beauty and biodiversity of your neighborhood, ‘Come Love a Forest Patch’ would be perfect for you! To participate in this workshop, and others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Even in Baltimore’s urban environment, many large forest patches exist. In fact, 34% of Baltimore’s tree canopy comes from forest patches – areas with over 10,000 square feet of tree canopy. These patches provide important ecosystem and wildlife benefits while contributing to the diversity and beauty of Baltimore City. Forest patches exist all over the City, sometimes hidden in the alleys behind our main streets – there is probably one in your neighborhood already!

Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space (photo courtesy of Baltimore Green Space).

Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space (photo courtesy of Baltimore Green Space).

As part of our Greening track, we are excited to partner with Baltimore Green Space to offer the “Come Love a Forest Patch” workshop at the 2015 Neighborhood Institute. This presentation will be led by Katie Lautar of Baltimore Green Space and include presentations from forest stewards from Govans Urban Forest, Springfield Woods, and Wilson Woods. Come learn about forest patches, discuss their environmental and social value, and share the basics of forest care in a patch near you. The forest patch stewards will also share stories of caring for their forests.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.

 


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Baltimore by the Numbers” by Seema Iyer

“Baltimore by the Numbers” led by Seema Iyer is always one of the most popular offerings at the Neighborhood Institute – if you are looking for more data to help plan for your community, this workshop is for you! You can register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

Demographics can tell us a lot about neighborhoods. They can help neighborhood leaders formulate plans to better improve quality of life and market their community to new residents. However, with so many potential data points to look at, how can leaders best plan and analyze the health of their neighborhood?

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BNIA's Seem Iyer (Photo courtesy of BNIA)

BNIA’s Seem Iyer(Photo courtesy of BNIA)

Vital Signs is a project of the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) that continuously monitors quality of life for Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Because of BNIA, when indicators are moving in a negative direction, communities have the chance to take immediate, hopefully preventative, measures to turn the trend around. All of the indicators from previous Vital Signs are online for everyone to see and download for use in a variety of innovative ways. Community Profiles are also available through BNIA for each of the City’s 55 Communities that provide quick access to data specific to each neighborhood’s needs. In this workshop, Seema Iyer of the Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore will walk participants through how to access their community profile, understand trends in their neighborhood and how to incorporate data into planning for the future.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.


Neighborhood Institute Workshop Preview: “Community Organizing for Change” by Kristerfer Burnett

If you and your neighbors are looking for ways to tackle tough community issues, this workshop will better equip you to implement a powerful collective action campaign. To attend this workshop, and others, register for the 2015 Neighborhood Institute here.

A unified community voice results in sustainable and meaningful change. When residents gather to take on a common issue, they can use their collective power to improve their neighborhood. All across Baltimore City, neighbors are working to improve the services, physical aesthetic, and resident opportunities in their community. The most successful neighborhoods use community organizing techniques to gather, collaborate, and advocate for neighborhood revitalization.

Kris Burnett (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal)

Kris Burnett (photo courtesy of the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal)

In Edmondson Village, Kris Burnett has used a range of organizing strategies to unite residents and improve a local historic shopping center. With the formation of Neighbors Without Borders of Greater Southwest Baltimore (NWBGSB), Kris and other residents have been able to transcend traditional neighborhood boundaries to unite around a common cause. In his workshop “Community Organizing for Change,” Kris will share the ongoing story of his Edmondson Village campaign. This case study will highlight tips and tricks for other communities to use including social media campaigns, direct action, community meetings, and more.

GHCC’s annual Neighborhood Institute will be held on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at the Baltimore Design School (1500 Barclay Street). To register for the event, follow this link. This year, the Institute will feature 36 workshops on a variety of topics relevant to community issues and City-wide opportunities. Check back here regularly for a preview of some of the workshops and presenters you can expect to see at this year’s Institute.