INSPIRE planning ramping up across the City, this month’s Compass briefly takes
stock of where we are and provides a preview of what’s to come. We’ll be back
later in the year to showcase some of the tangible projects happening on the
ground, near 21st Century schools.
Plans and Next Steps
the end of January, INSPIRE plans for Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle
School, Frederick Elementary School, and John Eager Howard Elementary/Middle
School had been adopted by the Planning Commission.
This spring residents around Frederick and
Fort Worthington will start to see maintenance of sidewalks and new street tree
planting in an effort to improve passage to the schools. The same improvements
will be made prior to each 21st Century school building re-opening.
These will be the first – but not only
– investments made by the City and others around the schools. The INSPIRE plans
will be used by DOP staff, community stakeholders, and other partners to zero-in
on additional investment opportunities immediately surrounding the schools.
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What’s to Come
Over the next year, we expect to
complete approximately seven more plans. Key dates and schools include:
23: DOP will present two INSPIRE plans to the Planning Commission: Arundel
Elementary + Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle School, and Lyndhurst
the end of the year we will complete plans for the Robert Poole Building,
Pimlico Elementary/Middle, Forest Park HS + Calvin Rodwell Elementary,
Arlington Elementary, and Patterson High School
Cherry Hill residents vote on a priority project
In January we tested out using texting as a method to
collect input in the Cherry Hill neighborhood. We placed fliers and large
posters (example above) in high-visibility locations asking for feedback via text.
individuals could register their vote by texting, or by calling, and emailing. They
also could vote in-person at food giveaways, in classrooms, and meetings. A total of 188 responses were received through these varied methods of outreach.
hallmark of the INSPIRE process is working with residents living around the 21st
Century Schools, faculty and students, students’ families, and others who work
and play around the schools.
are some examples of how DOP works with the community to ensure plans reflect
- Working with a
Steering Committee: Steering
Committee members help us target and prioritize specific improvements. Members
also help us with outreach and make sure we’re aware of opportunities to meet
with the school and neighborhood stakeholders.
Participating in Parent-Teacher
Organization meetings: We
know that it’s not always easy for parents and teachers to attend our meetings,
so we go to them. Recently, DOP participated in a family night at Pimlico
Elementary/Middle, where families played math-themed games and ate dinner together. At this
well-attended event, the INSPIRE team introduced the program, and students and
their families helped map the routes children take to get to school.
attending meetings: Each INSPIRE process consists of a series of meetings with the public – to
discuss existing conditions, develop recommendations, collect feedback, and
prioritize. Planners also attend community meetings, school and neighborhood
events, and more.
also is working closely with agencies, the Association of Baltimore Area
Grantmakers, and other partners to leverage the multi-million dollar schools
investments. A recent example is a tour convened by ABAG’s School-Centered
Neighborhood Investment initiative, bringing together developers, community
organizations, and agencies to promote the residential development
opportunities around Pimlico Elementary/Middle.
you have a suggestion for how else we can work with stakeholders in the 21st
Century/INSPIRE areas, please let us know, or contact Jen Leonard, INSPIRE Program Manager, at Jennifer.email@example.com