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Make Sure Baltimore’s Community Gardens Aren’t Sold By Mistake
December 6, 2010, 9:58 pm
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Make Sure Baltimore’s Community Gardens Aren’t Sold By Mistake

Duncan Street Miracle Garden, protected since 2010. Photo Courtesy of Baltimore Green Space

On Saturday, December 11th, Baltimore Green Space is sending twenty 2-person teams to explore Baltimore and use their smart phones to create a map of vacant lots that have been turned into community green spaces: gardens, pocket parks, horseshoe pits, and they need your help.

Baltimore Green Space Mapping Project
Saturday, Dec 11, 9am-12pm
Start location: Cork Gallery
302 E Federal St, at Guilford Ave
Please sign up! http://gardenmap.eventbrite.com/

Can you spare 3 hours on Saturday morning to make sure community gardens aren’t sold by mistake?

Baltimore City is streamlining is sales process for land and buildings. This is good!

But there’s a challenge:
– Hundreds of vacant lots are now gardens, pocket parks, etc., improving livability and property values! Yeah!
– The City doesn’t want to lose these green spaces. Yeah!
– With 13,000 vacant lots, the City doesn’t know which lots are “green”. Uh oh. 

The City needs our help to make sure it doesn’t accidentally sell off its green lots!

Teams of people (that’s you and me!) organized by Baltimore Green Space will:
– meet for orientation
– photograph clustered lots around the City
– return for debrief and hot cocoa

Your Smartphone will geo-code the photo (we’ll show you how) so the City knows EXACTLY where the lot is and EXACTLY what it looks like. We already have plenty of people with smartphones and cars, and we need some additional volunteers to ride along and navigate.

The day will be covered by The Urbanite and The Sun. And you can already read about it in The Daily Record: http://mddailyrecord.com/maryland-business/2010/12/01/mapping-baltimores-green-spaces/

To learn more about Baltimore Green Space, CLICK HERE.

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