Mayor Announces Program to Rid City of Blight, Create Green Spaces

Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has announced a new program designed to revitalize dilapidated areas into green space.

As reported in The Baltimore Sun:

“The Green Network Plan” will provide a blueprint for some of the city’s most blighted neighborhoods, to create new parks, community gardens, trails in once abandoned spaces, the mayor said during her weekly news conference at City Hall.

“So many times people look at vacant property or blighted buildings and see a problem, and I am just so proud in my administration when we see something like that we see an opportunity, we see potential,” Rawlings-Blake said.

Planning director Thomas Stosur said the plan will include agencies across the city, and will “cut across so many agendas… We are talking about undoing concentrations of vacant properties, creating high-quality green spaces to beautify communities, treating stormwater runoff before it pollutes our streams and harbor, making disadvantaged communities cleaner and safer, and making more opportunities for economic development,” Stosur said.

For more information read the full article in The Baltimore Sun.