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Improving Public Health by Transforming Vacant Properties

Apr 12, 2018

Community members gather at Mother Seton Academy to view the draft of the Baltimore Green Network
Credit Baltimore Department of Planning

Baltimore is pockmarked by thousands of abandoned homes and empty lots. What effect do vacant properties have on health? What can the city do to transform blight into inviting outdoor spaces?

Former state secretary of health, Joshua Sharfstein, points to research that measures how blight raises stress levels.

And Stephanie Smith, Assistant Director for Equity, Engagement, and Communications for the city Planning Department, describes a plan to turn vacant properties into parks, playgrounds, and trails.

Dr. Sharfstein and Stephanie Smith will be speaking at an event co-sponsored by AIA Baltimore and Morgan SA+P’s Community Design Health Forum on April 23. Event info here.

Information on the Baltimore Green Network here. The public comment period lasts until April 29.