The Southwest Partnership began in 2012 as a small group of concerned community leaders began organizing around the over-concentration of drug treatment facilities in the area. They realized that seven neighborhoods working together would have a greater impact than seven neighborhoods working alone. The neighborhood leadership invited local institutions to join them, recognizing that these anchor institutions impacted and were impacted by the strength and health of the communities they were in.
The need for a community-created master plan for the Southwest Partnership area became apparent during the initial organizing meetings and community forums. The planning process was led by a Steering Committee of community and anchor representatives.
After six months of monthly Steering Committee and workgroup meetings funding from institutional and foundation partners allow the planning process to be assisted by consultants focusing on urban design, commercial development, and housing, and Gensler Baltimore worked with community members to create the Vision Plan Document.
In September 2015 the Vision Plan was adopted by the Baltimore City Planning Commission. The Plan can be viewed online. If you’d like a paper copy of the plan, please contact us.