Midday in the Neighborhood: Penn North, Upton, Bolton Hill | WYPR

Midday in the Neighborhood: Penn North, Upton, Bolton Hill

Ernest Shaw, Jr's 'Sankofa' mural (2015) in Penn North.
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Today, it’s another edition of Midday in the Neighborhood, a series in which we’ve set out to spotlight the remarkable tapestry of communities that make up the city of Baltimore.  According to the group Live Baltimore, there are 278 unique neighborhoods in our city, full of folks working to make their communities, and our city, better.  

The intention of this series is, over time, to hear from people who actually live in all of the neighborhoods in our diverse and vibrant city, and get their perspectives on what’s right about Baltimore, what can be  improved, and what people may not know about our many different communities.  

Today, Tom is joined by people who are active in three adjacent neighborhoods on the city’s West side:  Upton, which includes one of Baltimore’s most historic thoroughfares, Pennsylvania Avenue; Bolton Hill, bordered on its western perimeter by Eutaw Place, and home to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA); and Penn North, just south of Druid Hill Park, a magnificent greenspace designed in 1860 by Howard Daniel, John H. Latrobe and George Frederick. 

With Tom in the studio today are: 

Today's neighborhood ambassadors: Linda Rittelmann (Bolton Hill), Debbie Ramsey (Penn North) and Wanda Best (Upton).
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Linda Rittelmann, who serves on the Executive Committee of the Bolton Hill Community Association;

Debbie Ramsey, an Open Society Institute Fellow and the founder and executive director of Unified Efforts, a non-profit that serves kids age 5-18 in several neighborhoods on Baltimore’s West Side, including Penn North;

And Wanda Best, the executive director of the Upton Planning Committee.

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The conversation was livestreamed on WYPR's Facebook page, and you can watch the video here.