Does MICA’s Gateway building contribute to the revitalization of the Baltimore City?

The Gateway is a modern mixed-use student residence facility designed specifically to meet the needs of artists. The Gateway’s unique design includes a drum-shaped, multi-colored glass, concrete and steel residence wing and a translucent glass studio and residential tower. It is the first major architectural landmark visible when entering Baltimore from the north on Interstate 83. The …

Funding for Sustainable Communities in Peril!

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities are one of the targets of the FY 2012 federal budget. The House bill wiped out the sustainability grant programs- Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recover (TIGER) at Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Sustainable Communities Initiative at Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In 2009, the three federal agencies Transportation, Housing …

Areas that lack facilities and deficient of activities in Inner Harbor, Baltimore

Tourism is an important phenomenon that boosts the economy of United States. Urban waterfronts have now become prime catalysts for generating tourism revenue and contributing to local economies. Inner Harbor, Baltimore is a well-known waterfront development that has transformed from a redundant space to the currently existing tourism space. Though Inner Harbor is a successful …

Transforming Brownfields to Brightfields – The Inventive National Initiative!

Redeveloping the brownfields to brightfields using solar energy is a creative national program initiated by the US Department of Energy. The Department of Energy (DOE) refers “brightfields” as to the transformation of polluted sites into a fine and ready to use land by incorporating solar energy systems. The photovoltaic arrays should be sited on the …

Will placing Charleston, S.C in “watch” status rescue and preserve the city and its neighborhood's historic character?

The National Trust of Historic Preservation revealed the “America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Place” in june 2011. Charleston in South Carolina is placed in the watch status by the National Trust of Historic Preservation. The national trust predicts discrete threats to historic places in Charleston and its neighborhood due to proliferating cruise ship tourism. The neighborhood …

The “Festival of Speed” : Baltimore Grand Prix – Its Benefits and Drawbacks

The charm city’s most anticipated “Festival of Speed”, the Grand Prix event will take place this labor day weekend. It is by common consent an extravagant race happening in the down town, Baltimore, that will benefit the city. However, it will also have grave repercussions for the neighborhoods and the people with regards to transportation, …