EJKIT – Now Mapping Accessibility in Baltimore

Baltimore Accessibility Mapping

Baltimore Accessibility Maps

The Baltimore Accessibility Maps Web Site lets you create a series of accessibility maps for Baltimore Transportation Analysis Zones. You can compare access to services (Retail, Office or Industry) for all TAZs or for a specific neighborhoods (e.g. West Baltimore). You can compare access to services by private car vs. public transport.

Read more here. Try it out here.


Activists Meet With Feds Over Environmental Racism

By DIONNE WALKER

Associated Press Writer

Posted: Oct. 27 5:28 p.m.

Updated: Oct. 27 9:30 p.m.

ATLANTA — Environmental and racial justice activists from six states met with federal Environmental Protection Agency officials Tuesday to demand a revamp of the agency they accuse of overlooking years of chronic environmental missteps in minority communities across the South.

That includes the dumping of toxic chemicals into landfills and drinking water sources that are disproportionately in black, low-income communities, said Robert Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University and author of several books on what’s been dubbed “environmental racism.”
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Join us for: Environment, Justice and Health in the Planning Process: Strategies for Maryland

Environment, Justice, and Health in the Planning Process: Strategies for Maryland

Morgan State University Saturday, October 3rd, 10am – 3:15pm

Please join the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities. along with other officials and community and business leaders, for a detailed look at the connections between and use, public health, and the environment. This one-day symposium will kick off a comprehensive state effort to better coordinate planning, development, public health assessments, and goals for sustainability–and we need your input!

The event is free and lunch will be provided–but space is limited, so please register early online or RSVP by September 28th.

Please help us spread the word by passing the attached flyer onto your colleagues. Planners, developers, community groups, environmental scientists and activists, and public health professionals should attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The symposium is sponsored by the Maryland Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, Transportation Cooperative Equity Research Program Morgan State University’s School of Engineering and the Institute for Urban Research, and the Maryland Departments of the Environment, Health and Mental Hygiene, Planning, and Housing and Community Development.

Click here to register online: http://www.neighborhoodrevitalization.org/Programs/Catalyst/Catalyst.aspx#Trainings

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Lisa Nissley at the Maryland Department of the Environment, (410) 537-4187.

Lisa Nissley
Legislative Liaison & Environmental Justice Coordinator Maryland
Department of the Environment 1800 Washington Blvd Baltimore, MD
21230
Baltimore: (410) 537-3812
Annapolis: (410) 260-6301

BaltiMorphosis – Analyzing Plans for the Franklin Mulberry Corridor

Featured Website: Baltimorphosis.com

Franklin Mulberry Corridor - Present and Future

Franklin Mulberry Corridor - Present and Future

Baltimorphosis.com is a cool site analyzing various plans and options for the redevelopment of the 16 block Franklin-Mulberry expressway in Baltimore.

From Baltimorphosis.com :

Once upon a time, In a proud American city, there was a neighborhood with a traffic problem. Doorsteps were barely an arms length from the traffic flooding downtown. The city came up with a plan. A freeway would be built. Traffic jams would go away…the corridor would mitigate disruption, homes and businesses would have to be cleared and land values would rise people would seem closer to their jobs. Recreation and shopping would improve. New development would sprout up…or so the city said. But something went wrong. Really wrong.P eople moved away in droves. Highway construction was abandoned before it was finished, leaving a section cut off from other highways. Most of those who left never returned. The once vibrant spirit of the area was lost form the collective memory. Today block after block languish in decay. When will the wound be healed?

Regional Perspectives: Seeking Justice in Transportation Plans

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JOE NATHANSON

Special to The Daily Record

June 9, 2009

What would West Baltimore’s infamous “highway to nowhere” have in common with an MTA bus depot located in East Baltimore? The Route 40/Franklin-Mulberry corridor highway tore through established neighborhoods in the 1970s. The planned connection to Interstate 70 was never finished and the incomplete stub remains a blight today in the eyes of neighboring residents.

The site selection of the Kirk Avenue bus garage right up against a low-income residential area was seen as another case of not fully considering the impacts on a disadvantaged community. Both cases provided serious material for an innovative local study that has been going for a number of years. Continue reading