Toward an Equitable Region: Lessons from Baltimore’s Sustainable Communities Initiative

2018
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National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
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Summary
In 2011, the Baltimore, Maryland, region received a $3.5 million grant to conduct a planning process aimed at improving regional sustainability with a focus on decreasing disparities in access to opportunity for low-income residents. This report analyzes Baltimore’s process and plans to assess the challenges and possibilities of planning for regional equity.
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In 2011, the Baltimore, Maryland, region – one of the most segregated metropolitan areas in the country – received a $3.5 million grant to conduct a planning process aimed at improving regional sustainability with a focus on decreasing disparities in access to opportunity for low-income residents.

This report analyzes Baltimore’s process and plans to assess the challenges and possibilities of planning for regional equity. In particular, the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education’s analysis focuses on four key dimensions of equitable regional planning: 1) the use of opportunity or equity-related data, 2) the extent of community engagement around issues of regional equity and opportunity, 3) the efficacy of regional collaboration in planning and post-grant implementation, and 4) the adoption of regional affordable housing policy.

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