WP Photo Essay: JHU’s 88-Acre Renovation Project in East Baltimore
The Washington Post has published a photo essay of Johns Hopkins University’s 88-acre project, which includes the takeover of East Baltimore Community School, a struggling public school for grades K- 8.
The East Baltimore Development Inc. redevelopment area, north of the university’s East Baltimore campus, is a 20-year, $1.8 billion mixed-use revitalization project. The university has undertaken the project “in order to turn around the area and protect its medical campus,” according to the report.
Located in one of the most downtrodden areas in the city, where whole blocks of townhouses stand abandoned, test scores at East Baltimore Community School are among the lowest in the state.
"Forty-one percent of the students failed to reach proficiency on state reading tests last year, compared with 33 percent citywide and 15 percent statewide,” according to the report.