We’ve reported before on Johns Hopkins’ $10 million plan to infiltrate — I mean, improve! — the area around its Homewood campus. Well, $2 million has already been spent so far in the program’s first year; here’s where it went:
- $800,000 in improvements to two local elementary/middle schools, Margaret Brent and Barclay. The money helped the schools renovate cafeterias, bathrooms, and entryways; Baltimore City Public Schools put up matching funds for the project. Hopkins also got Samsung to donate a bunch of tablet computers and interactive whiteboards for a “smart-classroom pilot project.”
- $27,000 worth of “Live Near Your Work” grants, which subsidize Hopkins employees who buy houses in certain near-campus neighborhoods.
- $?? an undisclosed grant to support the opening of the 29th Street Recreation Center
- $?? an undisclosed investment in two buildings in Station North — 10 E. North Avenue and the Parkway Theater, both leased in partnership with MICA. The space will be used to house a joint undergrad film program. “In a small way, Hopkins is creating another campus along the Charles Street spine,” says Andy Frank, a special adviser to Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels. “Planting a flag in Station North gives us the opportunity to strengthen the Charles Street corridor between Homewood and Peabody, north of North Avenue.”
One piece of advice to Frank, who has a lot of interesting things to say about the project: Please don’t imply that the neighborhoods around Hopkins are sad places that are “less than” Baltimore’s “most desirable” neighborhoods — Federal Hill, Fells Point, Canton, and Mt. Vernon, apparently. Plenty of people already live near the Homewood campus, and they do so because it’s nothing like Canton. Just saying.
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