Saturday, May 16, 2015

The long hard Path to Park Height's Renaissance

This Baltimore SUN story (link below) illustrates that the struggle to get disinvested neighborhoods back on their feet is long, protracted and riddled with small failures even if orchestrated from within (Park Heights Renaissance) and well funded (with Casino proceeds). 

I stood there when then Planning Director Otis Rolly kicked off the Park Heights Masterplan a decade or more ago. (He is now in New Jersey). I went to the synagogues when my kids friends had their Bar Mitzvahs. 

My firm competed for the consultant job to prepare the master plan (and lost against Goody Clancy of Boston, a nationally known urban design and architecture firm).
Already back in the nineties my firm did the design for the Samester Apartment renovation there for Struever Bros who saved this complex for affordable housing. 
We designed a TOD concept for Bank of America on Rogers Avenue that never came off the ground. Failures and small successes. 

The path has to continue. Park Heights is too large, failure is not an option. But for the armchair strategists who think there is a simple fix: It ain't so. The dysfunctionalities are multiple and so have to be the solutions. 

Klaus Philipsen, FAIA

SUN story:


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  2. expectation of Slow Growth seems quite appropriate. //galbraith, end of normal/: