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Media coverage of Strong City Baltimore and it’s initiatives

1/27/20 A New Canvas for Baltimore: Housing on Henneman Avenue Complements Hoen Building Restoration, MD Department of  Housing and Community Development: Remodeled homes provide housing opportunities that complement the renovation of the nearby Hoen Lithograph building.

1/21/20 A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph Building Now Home to Strong City BaltimoreBaltimore Magazine: The 50-year-old nonprofit has officially moved into the neighborhood it hopes to help grow.

12/28/19 Strong City steps boldly in its move to Baltimore’s east sideBaltimore Sun: Round up of new developments in East Baltimore.

12/27/19 Strong City Baltimore is getting a new home, but its mission is the sameBaltimore Sun: Op-ed from Strong City CEO Karen D. Stokes on moving to East Baltimore.

12/25/19 Homestead tax credit remains a vital protection for homeownersBaltimore Sun: Letter to the Editor on the importance of the Homestead Tax Credit.

9/17/19 Opinion: A Pathway for Baltimore’s Student LeadersMaryland Matters: Guest commentary about the Bank of America Student Leaders program hosted by Strong City Baltimore this past summer.

9/3/19 We don’t need legislation to crack down on anonymous owners of Baltimore’s vacant propertyBaltimore Sun: Op Ed by Peter Duvall, Community Revitalization Coordinator for Strong City Baltimore.

8/26/19 At an urban farm in Baltimore, plans for activism, African American history and maybe even tiny housesBaltimore Sun: Feature on BLISS Meadows, a fiscally sponsored project and member of the 2019 Spring Start Up Track.

6/21/19 Regulating liquor stores is a vital part of crime fightingBaltimore Sun: Letter to the editor co-authored by Rev. Eric Lee, Strong City’s Director of Neighborhood Programs

6/10/19 Hoen Lithograph redevelopment in East Baltimore gets $1.6M federal grantBaltimore Business Journal: Strong City mentioned in news article about federal infrastructure grant to help complete the Hoen complex

6/10/19 Feds give $1.6 million for Hoen Lithograph building renovation, Baltimore Fishbowl: Strong City mentioned in news article about federal infrastructure grant to help complete the Hoen complex

6/10/19 Trump administration chips in $1.6M for Hoen & Co. Lithograph BuildingMaryland Daily Record: Strong City mentioned in news article about federal infrastructure grant to help complete the Hoen complex

6/11/19 A deeper look at Baltimore’s population loss: smaller householdsBaltimore SunDan Rodricks column on Baltimore population trends references the demographics work of Strong City Community Revitalization Coordinator Peter Duvall

5/16/19 Chris Wilson on Rewriting Your Destiny and Paying It ForwardWYPR-FM: “Midday” interview with Chris Wilson mentions Chris’ work as Strong City’s former workforce director

5/3/19 Get On Up!, Jmore Living interview on Facebook Live with Strong City Communications and Special Projects Coordinator Mike Cross-Barnet about the Get On Up! party and Strong City’s plans for the Hoen Building

4/25/19 50 Years Later, This Neighborhood Leader is Still Going StrongEntercom Radio Baltimore: Public Affairs host Nathan Scott interviews Strong City Events Manager Dana Murphy and Communications and Special Projects Coordinator Mike Cross-Barnet about Get On Up!, the Hoen Building, and Strong City’s future for three local Entercom Co. radio stations (101.9, 105.7, 106.5)

4/23/19 Reversing Baltimore’s population slide: Retain more college gradsBaltimore SunDan Rodricks column on Baltimore population trends includes interview with Strong City Community Revitalization Coordinator Peter Duvall

4/10/19 Art And: Corynne OstermannBmore Art: Article about local designer and musician cites her work transforming the interior of the Hoen Building for the Get On Up! party.

4/2/19 Keep Maryland Beautiful grants total $215,505Cecil Whig: News article about statewide DNR grants includes grant to Strong City for the Beautiful Barclay Project.

3/29/19 Baltimore is stronger than its crime rate would have you believeBaltimore Sun: op-ed by Strong City Community Revitalization Coordinator Peter Duvall about positive employment, housing, and income trends in Baltimore.

3/13/19 East Baltimore RisingWYPR-FM: “On the Record” interview with Strong City CEO Karen D. Stokes and Board member Ella Durant about the Hoen Building, Strong City’s future, and positive developments in East Baltimore

2/21/19 ‘I see hope’: Rehab of old warehouse, renovations to rowhouses spur talk of East Baltimore revivalBaltimore Sun: News article about positive changes north-of-the-tracks in East Baltimore, including Strong City’s plans for the Hoen Building and the Center for Neighborhood Innovation

2/5/19 From Prison to Achieving His Master PlanWYPR-FM: “On the Record” segment about entrepreneur and author Chris Wilson describes how Strong City hired him as Workforce director after his return from incarceration

1/25/19 Historic East Baltimore printing plant to be revitalizedFoxBaltimore.com: Article on Fox45 News website about renovation of the Hoen Building and plans for the Center for Neighborhood Innovation

1/23/19 An opportunity for transformation in East BaltimoreBaltimore Sun: op-ed by Strong City CEO Karen D. Stokes about Strong City’s future in the Hoen Building and the potential for our project to catalyze change

12/29/18 2018 has been a year of skyline changes in BaltimoreBaltimore SunJacques Kelly column about development around Baltimore in 2018, including mention of Strong City’s future home at the Hoen Lithograph Building

11/26/18 Fiscal sponsorship can provide an alternative pathway to social changeBaltimore Business Journal: op-ed by Strong City Director of Project Services Tyson W. Garith

10/12/18 Philanthropy Fuels Student’s Excellence — and His EmpathyThe Hub: Article profiling Johns Hopkins graduate and former Strong City intern and work-study employee Suleiman Abiola

10/12/18 “For the Culture with Farajii,” WEAA-FM: Radio program includes segment about the 29th Street Community Center’s Youth Worker program and Strong City’s Oktoberfest

9/11/18 Housing fund shows real leadership in BaltimoreBaltimore Sun: Letter to the editor co-signed by Strong City’s Joann Levy praises City Council and mayor for committing to funding for affordable housing

9/20/18 91-year old Episcopal charity closes, transfers services to other organizationsBaltimore Sun: News article shows how transfer of operations from Episcopal Community Services of Maryland to Strong City kept The Club at Collington Square open

5/24/18 A new playground comes together in BarclayBaltimore Brew: News article about the Barclay School playground rebuild project, mentioning Strong City as an organizer and fiscal sponsor

5/4/18 Shocking developments in East BaltimoreBaltimore SunDan Rodricks column about economic development activity in East Baltimore, including Strong City’s future home at the Hoen Lithography building

4/26/18 Team led by Cross Street Partners Formally Breaks Ground on Highly Anticipated East Baltimore Innovation CenterBaltimore Times: News article about Hoen Building redevelopment plans and Strong City’s planned move to East Baltimore

4/24/18 “We’re going to put this neighborhood back,” WBFF FOX-45: News report on Hoen Building redevelopment plans

4/24/18 At groundbreaking for the historic Hoen Lithograph Building, visions of a new East Baltimore, Baltimore Fishbowl: News article about Hoen Building redevelopment plans and Strong City’s planned move to East Baltimore

4/24/18 Hoen Lithograph building’s $28 million transformation beginsBaltimore Baltimore Journal: News article about Hoen Building redevelopment plans

4/23/18 Developers of old Hoen Lithography Building in East Baltimore to break ground TuesdayBaltimore Sun: News article about Hoen Building redevelopment plans

4/21/18 At former A. Hoen & Co. lithography plant, “audacious” hope for East BaltimoreBaltimore SunJacques Kelly column about redevelopment of the Hoen Building and Strong City’s planned move to East Baltimore

4/13/18 Stronger NeighborhoodsWYPR-FM: “On the Record” segment about the 2018 Strong City Neighborhood Institute

4/7/18 Beyond field and classroom, Hopkins players make extra effort in communityBaltimoreBaseball.comArticle about community involvement by Hopkins baseball team, including the nonprofit WeGo fiscally sponsored by Strong City Baltimore

3/18/18 Things to do in Baltimore this weekBaltimore Food and FunBlog post about Strong City’s “Local Dining Week”

3/12/18 Baltimore: The City That Loves a Good StoryBaltimore FishbowlArticle about Stoop Storytelling series including partnership with Strong City Baltimore

3/7/18 Baltimore DinerBaltimore SunFood and dining column includes information about Strong City’s “Local Dining Week”

12/23/17 A quiet, steady good on a Baltimore side streetBaltimore SunDan Rodricks column about The Club at Collington Square

12/20/17 Thieves steal from program serving underprivileged kids in East BaltimoreWBAL TV-11: News report on break-in at The Club at Collington Square and the mission and role of The Club

11/13/17 Brooklyn Park to benefit from $1.5 million grant to Greater Baybrook AllianceCapital Gazette: News article about Strong City fiscally sponsored project winning state Baltimore Regional Neighborhood Initiative funding

9/29/17 East Baltimore shaping up as community development modelDaily Record: News article about the Hoen Building mentions Strong City’s role in transformation of East Baltimore

9/5/17 A decade behind bars: The reality of life post-incarceration, WYPR-FM: “Life in the Balance” program about a man struggling with his return to society features interview with Strong City CEO Karen D. Stokes

8/30/17 Free community college in Baltimore: A good start, but not enoughBaltimore Sun, op-ed by Strong City’s Regina T. Boyce and Owen Silverman Andrews

8/18/17 Nonprofit Spotlight: Strong City Baltimore Dedicated to Equality, Anti-Racism, and Building Stronger Communitiesm/OppenheimTV: Profile of Strong City and CEO Karen D. Stokes

7/20/17 Aging in place contributes to historically low housing inventoryBaltimore Sun: News article about seniors aging in place in Baltimore references Strong City’s HUBS program and quotes HUBS Organizer Danielle Bouchard

6/25/17 Nonprofit aims to breathe new life into vacant East Baltimore warehouseBaltimore Sun: News article about Strong City’s plans to move to East Baltimore, renovate the A. Hoen & Co. Building, and establish a Center for Neighborhood Innovation on the site

6/15/17 “Open and shut” restaurant column, Baltimore Magazine: Article mentions opening of The BBQ in Harwood and Strong City’s role in revitalizing the Greenmount LINCS Corridor

6/9/17 Father and son open The BBQ restaurant along GreenmountBaltimore Business Journal: News article about the first business to open on Greenmount in Harwood since the launch of the Strong City-supported LINCS initiative

6/3/17 Esther C. Bonnet, longtime volunteer who focused on schoolchildren and the elderlyBaltimore Sun: Obituary for Ms. Bonnet, former Strong City board member and Barclay School library champion who was still volunteering at age 101

3/30/17 Baltimore Public Education: Cuts to After-School FundingWEAA’s “The Marc Steiner Show”Marc Steiner interviews Strong City’s Sharicca Boldon and others about planned cuts to community schools and after-school programs in the Baltimore City Public Schools

3/20/17 More than 50 residents to donate portion of proceeds to Baltimore nonprofit this weekBaltimore SunBlog post on Strong City’s Mouthwatering March restaurant promotion for community wealth building

3/17/17 “Listen Up” with Farajii Muhammad, WEAA 88.9-FM: Interview with Strong City Baltimore representatives about the 29th Street Community Center’s Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series

3/16/17 ‘I’d Be Hurt and Upset’: Cities Fear Trump’s Cuts to Urban ProgramsThe New York TimesNews article focusing on Strong City’s Adult Learning Center examines the effect that cuts in the president’s budget — in this case, eliminating the Community Development Block Grant program — would have on programs for low-income city residents.

3/16/17 Bill giving the liquor board power to order mediation stirs debateBaltimore BrewNews article quotes Strong City Neighborhood Programs Director Karen DeCamp on a bill that would allow the city Liquor Board to impose a costly mediation process on individuals and associations challenging the renewal of a liquor license

3/8/17 Education Roundtable: Baltimore School Budget DeficitWEAA’s “Marc Steiner Show”Interview with Strong City’s Sharicca Boldon and other education advocates about the city schools budget crisis

2/10/17 Learning English, Gaining IndependenceWYPR’s “On the Record”Sheilah Kast interviews Strong City’s Regina Boyce and ALC learner Jiseon Yu about the Adult Learning Center, being an immigrant in Baltimore, and Strong City’s Stoop Storytelling event

2/5/17 Diane Lyn Show, Mix 106.5 and 105.7 The Fan: Interview with Regina Boyce and Mike Cross-Barnet about Strong City Baltimore programs and upcoming events

1/28/17 ‘Changing Lives With Each Stitch,’ Baltimore SunDan Rodricks column about Strong City fiscal client The Chill Station/Root of Jesse’s plan to employ returning citizens in the garment industry

10/26/16 Revitalization efforts at Anne Arundel’s edge get another boostCapital GazetteNews 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

9/21/16 E.R. Shipp, prize winning author, on Baltimore, journalism and communityThe AfroNews 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

8/29/16 The Barclay Elementary/Middle School welcomes back students with rallyWMAR-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 JournalNews 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

5/18/16 For Brooklyn Park, new state grants could revitalize Anne Arundel’s ‘forgotten area,’ Capital GazetteNews 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 RecordNews 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

4/13/16 Cuts as unrest anniversary nearsBaltimore BrewNews 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

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 planCapital 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 actBaltimore 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 BaltimoreWJZ segment on Waverly School’s response to snow emergency quotes Strong City community school site coordinator Jerrell Bratcher

1/27/16 Strong City Baltimore 2016Afro.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