Investments in Neighborhood Corridors (LINCS) is an interagency
partnership focused on revitalizing key corridors that connect neighborhoods
and communities throughout the City. The corridors included in LINCS are:
Greenmount Avenue; Pennsylvania and West North Avenues; Liberty Heights Avenue
and Garrison Boulevard; East North Avenue; and Central Avenue. Over the past year, the LINCS planning process moved forward across several corridors.
On July 29th, 2015, Mayor Rawlings-Blake
launched the first LINCS corridor initiative along Greenmount Avenue from Eager
Street to 29th Street. The City’s LINCS interagency team partnered
with the Baltimore Chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Strong City
Baltimore and community organizations to conduct a two-day Technical Advisory
Panel (TAP). TAP panels are designed to provide expert, multidisciplinary
advice on land use and real estate issues. The panels tour the study area,
interview stakeholders, and formulate recommendations. The Greenmount
LINCS TAP report was released at an event with Mayor Rawlings-Blake on
February 23rd, 2016, and it is now available for review on the
Department of Planning’s website.
Recommendations in the report include:
- Traffic calming measures such as improved
crosswalks and new planters.
- Strategic retail opportunities, including a
- New mixed use development with additional
retail at the ground level.
The Pennsylvania and West North Avenue LINCS planning process began in October of 2015 with a Transportation Listening Session to gather community input on the crucial role transit plays in this corridor. This session was followed by an Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) held on October 19-20, 2015. This LINCS team held additional community listening sessions on sanitation and public safety in January and April of 2016.
A related initiative currently underway in the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor area is Local Foods, Local Places. This participatory planning process focuses on Avenue Market, and was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Local Foods, Local Places is a technical assistance program to help communities develop local food systems. Through this initiative, a workshop for Avenue Market was held in May.
The Pennsylvania West North Avenues LINCS team looks forward to future public engagement sessions and a release of the ULI TAP report in the coming months.
LINCS for Liberty Heights Avenue & Garrison Boulevard officially began in February of 2016, when residents and stakeholders attended a briefing session at the Forest Park branch library.
A kickoff meeting was held on February 29th, during which residents discussed their vision for the corridor. The first LINCS listening session for Liberty Heights, focusing on community economic development, was held on Tuesday, May 24th, and additional community meetings scheduled for the summer months are posted to the Department of Planning’s website.
The City will use the results of the LINCS reports and Listening Sessions to create an implementation strategy for each corridor that will target resources and services to address the specific needs of each corridor. Further information on each of the LINCS initiatives is available on our new LINCS website.
For more information on Greenmount Avenue LINCS, please contact Kate Edwards at Kate.Edwards@baltimorecity.gov or 410-396-5934.
For more information on Pennsylvania and West North Avenues, contact Mary Colleen Buettner at Mary.Buettner@baltimorecity.gov or 410-396-5937.
For more information on Liberty Heights Avenue and Garrison Boulevard, contact Chad Hayes at email@example.com or 410-396-3958.
Three new interns joined the Department of Planning for the summer of 2016.
Kathryn Hendley is an intern for the Comprehensive Planning Team, focusing on West Baltimore. She is originally from Alexandria, Virginia and graduated this past May from the University of Virginia with degrees in Foreign Affairs and Urban & Environmental Planning. Next year, she will pursue a Master degree in Urban & Environmental Planning at UVA. She is working on the LINCS, INSPIRE and surplus schools project in West Baltimore.
Jenny Brooks is an intern with the Food Policy Initiative, and a second-year graduate student at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, where she is studying for a MS in Public Health. She moved to Baltimore from Southeast Idaho, where she recently completed a BS in Dietetics at Idaho State University. She will be working on projects to improve food access in the food retail environment.
Tim Williams, a student at Salisbury University, is the recipient of the Gerald A. Elkins award this year. This award provides a stipend for a student who is exploring a career in urban planning and mapping. It was established through the Salisbury University (SU) Foundation, Inc., to honor Gerald Elkins, the late husband of SU Chief of Staff Amy Hasson. The couple met at Baltimore's Planning Department.
A 2013 graduate of Owings Mills High School, Williams is studying geographic information science and geography at Salisbury.