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Baltimore's gated alleys -- community builder or breaker?

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There're 600 miles of alleyways in Baltimore. Trash, rats and drug pushers frequent the majority, but a growing movement helmed by Community Green aims to help these spaces reach their true potential.

Here's an excerpt:

"In the 25 years that Mayo has lived in Baltimore's Washington Hill neighborhood, a short drive east of the city's Inner Harbor, nearby blocks succumbed to poverty and neglect. The ensuing tumult overflowed into her alley. Although she and her husband installed motion-sensor lighting and called police frequently, as did neighbors, nothing improved.

But about a year ago came the sounds of change, as artisans wielded a power drill to install graceful, wrought-iron gates at either end of the narrow passageway. It was the culmination of a 2-year effort to reclaim the troubled alley, abutted by the tiny back yards of eight rowhouses on one side and perpendicular to a single rowhouse on the other."
Read the entire article here.

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