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This report focuses on creative placemaking as a process that centers community members as the decision-makers for the future trajectory of their neighborhood. A long history of unjust planning decisions caused low-income communities of color in the U.S. to bear an unfair share of the burden of problem properties. In order to ensure revitalization is equitable and that it will work to rectify past injustices and meet the needs and preferences of current residents, those residents need to be included as decision-makers from the very beginning.
The guide provides basic information about finding and using local-level data. The guide focuses on three types of information: individual properties, neighborhood housing market conditions, and information relevant for neighborhood planning, strategies, and interventions.
The City of Baltimore commissioned the Center for Community Progress to evaluate the City's the Vacants to Value (V2V) program and make recommendations for future program directions. The V2V program is a multifaceted strategy to use code enforcement and related tools to reduce the number of vacant properties in the city and put them back into productive use; or, as stated in the City’s Request for Proposals, “to address conditions of blight and abandonment and to help realize Mayor Rawlings Blake’s 10 Year Plan to grow the city by 10,000 households by 2020.” It was designed to be “a market-based and data driven, geographically focused program that employs seven strategies to eliminate blight and strengthen neighborhoods.”
Placemaking is a concept that describes the intentional process of activating new or existing public spaces to create an emotional connection. Placemaking can take many forms and include a range of activity, including design, programming, community empowerment, wayfinding, and art. The following guide explores revitalization efforts that include strong placemaking components, and draws out the insights, concepts and principles of placemaking in a Legacy City context.