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Neighborhood Lights

Community Engagement Partner: T. Rowe Price
Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program kicks off April 6-8, 2018 and expands from eight to fourteen neighborhoods. Baltimore-based artists receive a $15,000 grant to create an illuminated visual or performance art project within the neighborhood of their residency.

Twelve artists were selected to create illuminated art for fourteen neighborhoods this year: Baybrook/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Darley Park, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Little Italy, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly.

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Baybrook (Brooklyn and Curtis Bay) - Presenting Sponsor: BGE

The area we know now as Baltimore’s southern peninsula, Baybrook, was comprised of areas of Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, and was active in farming and shipping from the 1660s onward. The area was settled largely by European immigrants and included Freetown, an early settlement of free blacks. Modern military land use and shipping picked up around 1850, when communities became more formalized. Brooklyn and Curtis Bay were annexed to the City of Baltimore in 1918. Manufacturing and industry took root, and the area’s shipyards built Liberty Ships that helped win World War II. Our growth is one that has seen living communities disappear like Fairfield, Wagner’s Point, and Mason’s Cove. We still connect America to the world through global trade, but are reconsidering future growth through a contemporary environmental consciousness. We’re exploring a community land trust, a solar power farm, and innovative recycling and composting initiatives. 

Belair-Edison - Presenting Sponsor: Whiting Turner

Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc. (BENI) is a community-based nonprofit providing marketing and outreach, community organizing, homeownership counseling, and small business development services to support neighborhood revitalization. For 25 years, BENI's mission is to foster an environment where residents and business owners feel confident investing their time, energy, and money. Our vision is for a strong Belair-Edison with healthy residential and commercial real estate markets, a positive internal and external image, exemplary physical conditions, strong social fabric, and residents and business owners with the capacity to self-manage day-to-day concerns.

Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District

Located in Downtown Baltimore, the Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District was established in 2012 to realize the area’s potential as a thriving downtown arts neighborhood. The Bromo Tower A&E District, anchored to the south by the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower, stretches north to include the historic Lexington Market and up to Antique Row, just blocks away from Mount Vernon.  The District is really three individual zones. The Lower Bromo is our Theater District, home to The Hippodrome, The Everyman and The Annex Theaters. The Middle Bromo is full of DYI spaces like Le Mondo and Current Space. The Upper Bromo is home to Arena Players, Eubie Blake Jazz Center, Muse 360 as well Antique Row and other craft arts.

Darley Park

Darley Park was founded around 1874. It is said that the name was the name of a parish priest that used to work in the area. It hosted a beer garden and amusement park. The park closed in 1906 and the last property was sold in 1914 to extend Broadway to Harford Road. Currently, Darley Park is a neighborhood primarily consisting of four streets running two blocks each. They are as follows; the 1600 & 1700 blocks of Darley Ave., Cliftview Ave., Normal Ave. & East 25th St. Darley Park is a closeknit neighborhood that has many challenges but it maintains a small town feel. The longtime residents know each other and support each other unlike many neighborhoods in Baltimore. Additionally, many residents who no longer live there continue to come back and support the neighborhood. There are also various organizations in place to support the neighborhood. 

Federal Hill

Federal Hill is one of Baltimore’s oldest neighborhoods, with a long history as a center of the city’s bustling maritime port, a hub of industrial growth, and a destination to hundreds of thousands of immigrants. Residents are attracted to the neighborhood’s historic homes, great public parks, and walkable business district with many bars, restaurants and shops. Federal Hill's more than 220 businesses, anchored by Cross Street Market, are close to some of Baltimore's greatest attractions including Federal Hill Park, Camden Yards, M & T Bank Stadium, the Inner Harbor, and the American Visionary Art Museum. The anticipated completion of the first phases of construction at Cross Street Market in spring 2018 provides a unique opportunity to leverage this site for Light City programming in 2018 in a way that celebrates its history and points towards its future.

Hamilton-Lauraville - Presenting Sponsor: Whiting-Turner

Hamilton-Lauraville is a diverse community of nine neighborhoods in northeast Baltimore that are joined by Harford Road. A “Five Star Family Neighborhood” of Live Baltimore, it’s known for a family-friendly culture that attracts first-time homebuyers, families, artists, and small business owners. A vibrant business district provides ample shopping, dining, galleries, and performance spaces. Historically farmland, today that past is reflected in community values of sustainability, a green infrastructure, and many residents engaged in urban agriculture. With its open parkland, tree-lined streets, historic homes, friendly neighbors, and a walkable main street, it’s no wonder Baltimore Magazine named it a “hidden gem”!

Highlandtown - Presenting Sponsor: Bank of America

Highlandtown is home to the city's largest Arts and Entertainment District as well as international markets, incredible ethnic restaurants, and one amazing park. In 1866 the area known as "Snake Hill" was established as a village outside of the Baltimore city limits. The first settlers of the community were primarily German Americans. In 1870 residents renamed the neighborhood "Highland Town" because of the views it offered over the city. The neighborhood was made part of Baltimore City in 1919. Today, Highlandtown is a thriving and diverse community in Southeast Baltimore. It is the home to restaurants, bars, shops, churches, schools, non-profit organizations, and art galleries. It's diversity in businesses and residents make Highlandtown the unique treasure that its residents love.

Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore - Presenting Sponsor: University of Maryland, Baltimore

Our neighborhoods are some of the most historic in the city. Built to serve workers and supervisors in the B&O Mount Clare Shops, the area's architecture reflects the ethnic and economic diversity of its residents. Some of Baltimore’s most iconic history is based in the area including the B&O Railroad, the Edgar Allen Poe and HL Mencken Houses, the Carroll Mansion, the Carlton St Arabber Stables, and Hollins Market. The neighborhoods have undergone a number of demographic changes during the past forty years, and have suffered from disinvestment, population loss, and harmful urban planning decisions such as the Highway to Nowhere (Route 40) which separates the area from Harlem and neighborhoods to the north. Despite these challenges, the neighborhoods have a long a vibrant artistic tradition, a close-knit community, and strong and active leadership working to strengthen their communities.

Little Italy - Presenting Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente

Little Italy is a charming, cozy neighborhood located just blocks from the Inner Harbor. Little Italy is home to many Italian immigrants who migrated here for a better life and is important culturally for the city of Baltimore. Little Italy boasts many attractions including fine restaurants, exciting bocce ball tournaments, outdoor movies and the longest running ethnic festivals that honor both St Anthony and St Gabriel. Many Italian immigrants still call Little Italy home. 

Locust Point

Locust Point is located at the tip of the South Baltimore peninsula. The neighborhood was established in 1706 as a port of entry at the mouth of the Inner Harbor. The first residences were built in the 1840 to accommodate workers at the local rail yards, shipping interests, the guano industry and copper smelter. In the later part of the 1800s an immigration station was established on the neighborhood's east end and over 100,000 European immigrants were processed. Many travelers chose to remain. Since then, this small enclave of rowhomes has transformed into a closed-knit urban community that is also embracing the residents of newly built apartments and condominiums.

Patterson Park

Patterson Park is a historic southeast Baltimore neighborhood nestled between Canton, Butchers Hill, Highlandtown and McElderry Park. In the 19th century, streets and homes were laid out surrounding our 155-acre park, and soon attracted a melting pot of residents. The community continued to thrive until the late 20th century when many of Baltimore's neighborhoods struggled with disinvestment and population decline. Today, the neighborhood itself is an eclectic mix of people of all ages and backgrounds who share a belief in contributing to the overall betterment of the place we call home. This would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of residents who saw the potential in Patterson Park as a thriving and diverse neighborhood, as well as a connective community between East and Southeast Baltimore.

Pigtown - Presenting Sponsor: University of Maryland, Baltimore

Pigtown is a historic neighborhood, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Our neighborhood was settled in the early 1840s by railroad workers (primarily German) who built the B&O railroad. We owe our history and our unique name to the pigs that were herded off the railroad cars at the B&O through the streets of our neighborhood in the 19th century.  Our neighborhood continues to grow. Last year, we opened five new businesses, including Culinary Architecture Market + Kitchen, a gourmet market and caterer. In addition, six other businesses have opened or signed leases to open in 2017, including Pigtown’s first microbrewery, Suspended Brewing Co. 

Remington

Remington was originally built as a mixed-use community oriented around manufacturing businesses active along the Jones Falls Valley, where workers lived in modest homes built around the turn of the century within walking distance to their employment. Remington’s identity lies within its social character. Families have lived in the community for generations. Many neighbors, new and old, have a strong sense of attachment to the neighborhood. The neighborhood’s identity has evolved into an economically and ethnically diverse community, yet the tradition of friendliness and mutual concern among residents remains strong. Today, Remington is seeing a rise in reinvestment and is now considered an “up and coming” neighborhood in the city. A new generation of citizens has taken interest in living in and improving the neighborhood. Remington has experienced significant growth in population and is now on the verge of regaining the vitality it once had.

Waverly

Waverly Main Street is the historic commercial corridor on Greenmount Avenue from East 29th Street to East 35th Street. It is surrounded by four diverse and engaged neighborhoods – Abell, Better Waverly, Oakenshawe and Waverly. These communities have active associations that regularly partner with Waverly Main Street. When Memorial Stadium closed in the late 1990s, the area experienced major disinvestment and the business district suffered. Through dedicated residents, business owners, neighboring institutions and local nonprofits, like Waverly Main Street, the area is beginning to be revitalized. In 2013, Waverly Main Street was designated on the National Register of Historic Places and has over 100 businesses within its boundaries, including the newly renovated Waverly Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. Within the upcoming year, Waverly Main Street will be working on extensive landscaping and beautification efforts as well as major façade improvements and development projects.