BALTIMORE, MD -- Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Baltimore City, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust announce a brand new, unique opportunity for community groups, design firms, and non-profit and private partners to showcase innovative ideas for transforming vacant lots in Baltimore City. Many urban centers are faced with significant challenges posed by vacant lots. Vacant areas can be unaesthetic, bring down property values, have human health and safety impacts, and negatively impact communities.
Through the Growing Green Initiative, Baltimore City is pioneering a new “Green Pattern Book” (to be released) designed to provide communities and non-profits with ideas for how, working with City assistance, to improve these properties. With this competition, teams of community groups and designers will have the opportunity to use the Green Pattern Book to develop creative greening projects for vacant land in their communities as well as reduce and treat stormwater runoff. The top ideas will be selected as winners, and all winners will be provided with the resources to fully design and construct their winning ideas.