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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!

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:

To learn more about Baltimore Green Space, CLICK HERE.


Garden Party And Art Reception At Tinges Commons Sunday
July 28, 2010, 2:50 pm
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Garden Party And Art Reception At Tinges Commons in Waverly, Sunday 8/1

A public art show by Joshua Wade Smith and Beki Basch
August 1st – September 12th, 2010

Opening garden party – August 1st, 4-6pm

Tinges Commons


For Wayscapes, Smith and Basch will install a collection of wood-built, site-specific sculptures that investigate instances of collapse and invite place-based meditation. Wayscapes will open with a garden party on Sunday, August 1st, 2010, from 4-6pm. The party will include free food from the community garden and local farmers market prepared by Tinges Commons volunteers. All are welcome.

Tinges Commons is a community garden and collaborative public art space at the southeast corner of Frisby and 33rd Streets in Waverly, Baltimore. Tinges Commons is funded by the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, The Parks and People Foundation and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and The Arts.


Baltimore Approves Plan To Allow Residents To Claim Vacant Lots

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Baltimore Approves Plan To Allow Residents To Claim Vacant Lots

According to an article in the Baltimore Sun, “Under a plan approved by the city’s spending board yesterday, community groups that nurture a vacant lot for five years will be able to form a land trust to buy the plot for a nominal fee from the city.”

The program was initiated by Baltimore Green Space.  Baltimore Green Space was founded in 2007 by a group of community gardeners who wanted to see their communities’ treasured open spaces remain available to residents.   By working in collaboration with the Office of Sustainability, the group developed criteria for identifying appropriate lots and a process for the City to transfer the community-managed property to a land trust.

From the Baltimore Sun:

Residents who wish to purchase a site from the city must create a nonprofit organization and demonstrate that the land is being used for a fruit and vegetable garden, play area, neighborhood gathering space or in some way enhancing the community, under the plan approved by the Board of Estimates. If the land belongs to an absentee landlord, the city will attempt to acquire it through tax-sale foreclosure and sell it to the community group.

For the full article from the Sun, CLICK HERE.

For more information about starting a green space in Baltimore City, CLICK HERE.