The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore has also committed to providing $1.5-1.8M each year to continue the Placemaking efforts outlined in the plan. Through taking a proactive role in creating more quality public spaces and engaging the community broadly, the DBoP is expanding the traditionally narrow role of BID’s as organizations confined to mitigating security and maintenance issues.
To complement the PPS-led Placemaking workshops, PPS also implemented its first beta test of a new form of digital engagement: the Place Map, a civic crowdsoursing tool and approach through which citizens identify places in their city that matter most— an online version of PPS’ proven Power of 10 Placemaking activity. The use of the Place Map broadened community involvement in the master planning process by collecting information from more participants about a higher number of locations with less time and lower cost than non-digital means allow.
We hope this is the start of a campaign in Baltimore to capitalize on local talents and build on the great assets of Baltimore to build the city around places.