Monday, February 25, 2008

Baltimore denies urban renewal

"In a rebuff to city economic development officials, Baltimore's Planning Commission has refused to approve creation of an urban renewal district in the West Covington area of South Baltimore, saying redevelopment plans should go forward but condemnation should not be used to forcibly displace thriving businesses and occupied homes."

The Planning Commission in Baltimore has not approved a step to move forward with urban renewal plans in South Baltimore. I have to admit that I am surprised that the Planning Commission stood up to the political development machine. Will they actually try and rehab and improve these neighborhoods through charrettes and visioning process? I hope so.

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