Morgan State Unveils Plans to Boost Neighborhood

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Mary Anne Akers, Dean of Morgan State. Photo by Steve Ruark.
Mary Anne Akers, Dean of Morgan State. Photo by Steve Ruark.

Courtesy Bmore Media – When Beatrice Bangura was searching for a college, Morgan State University students and faculty won her over.

“The people I saw at Morgan when I visited were friendly. They would open doors. I thought to myself, ‘This is a place I could see myself going,’” Bangura says of the historically black university in Northeast Baltimore.

But since joining the 6,000 or so other students on the university’s urban campus at 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, the junior studying broadcast journalism has been disappointed at some off-campus circumstances. Safety is a real concern as the neighborhood witnesses some of the city’s most violent crimes. Students’ parking in a neighboring community has created tension with area residents. Bangura also notes the lack of off-campus dining options.

Morgan State University leaders hope to put an end to these complaints with a new initiative, the Morgan Community Mile. By partnering with neighborhood organizations and business groups in the surrounding area, the university hopes to improve the quality of life for students and faculty and encourage living and spending in the neighborhood. It echoes efforts by other area universities that aretaking a more active role in their communities as so-called “anchor institutions.”



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