Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2014 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Mapping Baltimore's Green Pattern Book
Jones, Nancy
Co-Authors: Nancy Jones and Seema Iyer

Abstract: The City of Baltimore is in the process of identifying vacant land abandoned buildings that have the potential to be converted into a use that enhances neighborhoods while promoting resiliency and sustainability. An initial step toward this reuse is the Green Pattern Book that provides guidance on identifying green strategies based on potential for redevelopment. Mapping sites that show characteristics of one of the eight patterns can be an essential tool for achieving the vision defined by the City. In 2013, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA-JFI) piloted a publicly- accessible, interactive map for this purpose using the pattern community-managed open space. Now, in 2014, BNIA-JFI is enhancing the map features and adding a second element for stormwater management. Understanding urban waters and the Baltimore communities that surrounds them requires ongoing information about the social, economic, and environmental characteristics of the City and the region. Working with Baltimore’s Department of Public Works, BNIA-JFI is leveraging existing socioeconomic data and integrating it with data related to sites with potential to reduce runoff and nutrient loads to the City’s watersheds. Future iterations of the map will include components of the remaining six green patterns.