Baltimore is experiencing a convergence of opportunities that can enable it to become a stronger, more prosperous city. This is important for the city itself, as well as the region and the state.
The time is ripe for city leaders to take advantage of positive developments, including a recent $1.1 billion investment in city schools, additional resources for transportation improvements, and city leadership advocating for redevelopment and population increases.
Young, college-educated people are moving to the nation's cities. Between 2000-2013, Baltimore ranked third fastest in growth of 25- to 34-year-olds.
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For the first time in 60 years, Baltimore increased its population in 2011. Although the gains from 2010 through 2013 have been modest, they indicate population stability following decades of decline. The population is growing better educated, too. Baltimore increased its share of college-educated millennials by more than two and half times the state’s rate from 2000 to 2012.
Perhaps the largest targeted initiative showing promise for Baltimore’s regrowth is the 21st Century Schools Initiative. The program, launched in 2013, injects $1.1 billion into school construction and redevelopment and calls for 15 school replacements and 30-35 school renovations over 10 years.
Construction on the Baltimore Red Line, the east-west light rail line running from Baltimore County in the west to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in the east, is set to begin in 2015 along a 14.1-mile route. Transportation planners estimate 57,000 daily riders with 7-10 minute frequency. This $2.2 billion project is expected to entice residents to Baltimore.
Many of the communities around planned Red Line stations will develop as transit-oriented development (TOD) sites. TOD encourages economic development, counters sprawl and maximizes return on transit investment. See our interactive Transit Station Area Profile Tool, which provides information about demographics and development activity around each of Maryland's transit stations.
The 21st Century Schools Initiative is sending $1.1 billion into Baltimore school construction and redevelopment. View the MDP tool depicting school locations, city services and state community development resources.
MDP’s online planning and implementation resource support state and local efforts to advance transit-oriented development. It provides a tool for planners, developers and elected officials interested in TOD in their jurisdictions.