Visions for Space: Baltimore Infill Survey

Visions for Space: Baltimore Infill Survey

Kimber Watson
May 21, 2009

What do a waterfall, skatepark, and tightrope have in common? How about innovative ideas for empty city real estate. Take a barren lot between two buildings, add a fallen tree, and you've got the template for the city's latest project; a website designed for city residents (or anyone for that matter), to think outside the box...

Outlandish or sensible, all ideas are welcome on one of Baltimore's newest projects designed to "spark conversation about unused urban space." The Baltimore Infill Survey, launched by Baltimore's Office of Promotion & the Arts, is a Flickr-based site that has been set up as a forum to discuss and design uses for vacant space. Although the survey is not necessarily intended for site-specific development, it does hope to address ways to beautify the 30,000 abandoned buildings and lots (with the city owning about a third of them). Of course you could just fill the sites in with buildings, but most ideas are lending themselves to "keeping the space," says Fred Scharmen in an interview with the Baltimore Sun. If your feeling a spark of creativity, you can download the stock image for your own proposal here.

How about all the other cities out there? Can anyone share ways their hometowns are gathering input from residents?

(Image: John Ruppert via Baltimore Sun)

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