Community Matters Highlights Baltimore Neighborhood's Innovative Approach to Development

Posted November 11, 2015, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Community Matters: A Focus on People and Place

The latest webinar in our Community Matters series, Community Development From the Ground Up: An Innovative Approach in Baltimore’s Oliver Neighborhood, shares the story of a community-driven effort to reclaim and reinvest in an East Baltimore neighborhood — which is also the subject of a newly released Foundation report.

Located just north of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and medical campus, Oliver was once a stable community with sturdy housing stock, strong churches and small businesses. Like many urban neighborhoods, it suffered a decline over several decades. Today, signs of hope, progress and financial investment abound in Oliver, thanks in part to a market-driven approach to building houses, businesses and community.

Following the unrest that shook Baltimore in April, the Oliver story offers positive lessons on inclusive community engagement for funders, policymakers and others working to promote community development.

Watch webinar recording of Community Development From the Ground Up: An Innovative Approach in Baltimore’s Oliver Neighborhood


  • Ryan Chao (moderator), vice president for civic sites and community change, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Bishop Douglas Miles, Pastor, Koinonia Baptist Church, and co-chair emeritus, Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development
  • Sean Closkey, president, TRF Development Partners

Check out our previous Community Matters webinars on economic inclusion, finance strategies for community change, community building and resident engagement.

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