Defining opportunity in Baltimore

In the wake of Freddie Gray and the unrest in Baltimore, the recent release of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development may mark an important step toward creating a more sustainable and equitable region. The plan makes clear that marked disparities in access to quality education, jobs, safety and environmental conditions persist across the region and offers recommendations for improving residents’ access to opportunity.

A central challenge in both the design and implementation of the plan is to understand what opportunity means to Baltimore residents. To answer this question, the University of Maryland’s National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education teamed up with the Baltimore-based non-profit Citizens’ Planning and Housing Association to conduct a series of focus groups as the regional plan was being developed. At six locations across the metropolitan region, they convened 112 residents from diverse backgrounds and neighborhoods to ask what it means to live in neighborhoods that provide opportunity.

To some extent, residents confirmed what many already suspected: Across diverse demographic and geographic lines, people want similar things from their neighborhoods. Blacks, whites, Hispanics, men, women, low-income and high-income residents of both the city and county, above all else, want to live in neighborhoods that are safe and secure and provide access to quality education for their children.
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The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund

The University of Maryland Urban Studies and Planning Program and
the National Center for Smart Growth’s 2015 Brown Bag Webinar Series continues with

The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund

Presentation by:
Paul Lewis Eno Center for Transportation

Wednesday, May 13
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Paul Lewis Webinar

Preinkert Field House – Conference Room 1112V
University of Maryland College Park

The current federal program for funding surface transportation infrastructure in the United States is broken. This situation has created a state of perpetual uncertainty surrounding federal transportation funding. Lewis’s presentation details the circumstances that have led the U.S. transportation program to its current funding situation and explores how other nations have created sustainable mechanisms for ensuring adequate national-level investment in surface transportation systems. The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund is the result of an 18-month effort to evaluate the current political, economic, and legal forces behind the U.S. Highway Trust Fund (HTF), including an examination of peer countries and their lessons on providing long-term sustainable funding for transportation investment.

PAUL LEWIS is the Director of Policy and Finance at the Eno Center for Transportation where he is responsible for overseeing policy research and forum products. He has been a co-author on several Eno papers, including The Life and Death of the Highway Trust Fund and Getting to the Route of It: the Role of Governance in Regional Transit. He has worked at Eno since August 2011 applying his background to help tackle policy issues in transportation at the federal, state, and local levels. Prior to joining Eno, Lewis worked as a contract researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Through work at Eno and MIT, Lewis worked directly on projects and research papers that involve highways, railroads, transit, and aviation, covering movement of both passengers and freight. Lewis’s bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Ohio Northern University and master’s in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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