When you think of Jonestown, what do you think of? For me, it is a neighborhood with an immense amount of promise, to become a sustainable hallmark of how to build a community that embraces and celebrates its past, while creating a new and prosperous future. I asked the question what do you think of because it is an important part in all of this. You may, like many others have no opinion of it, or you might see areas that are not as prosperous as they could be; however those same statements could be made about areas like Federal Hill, Fells Point and the Inner harbor once upon a time. Building the Identity of the neighborhood is the critical path to success.
Jonestown is located optimally for growth because of its location. Proximity to neighborhoods that have seen renewed infrastructure and building like Harbor East, Little Italy and Fells Point. It is also located near Johns Hopkins hospital and has access to the circulator and subway. Some of the challenges that it faces is the lack of identity, the drive through nature of the area, the lack of healthy food options and the areas of vacant or dilapidated properties. I will dive further into the strengths and weaknesses further in future posts.
I invite you to think about what the community needs to grow and thrive. How to build and foster the sense of community as newer housing gets built and occupied. The people of Jonestown area great variety of people, some that I spoke to have lived there for years and others are new residents. You can feel though the wanting to belong when you walk the streets at night, the stoop culture that Baltimore is famous for. The question is how can we help Jonestown grow into what it wants to be?