NACEDA staff meets with Charles North Community Association President Don Donahue at Red Emmas's Bookstore Coffeehouse in his neighborhood
When I began my internship at NACEDA I knew little about community development. I was lucky enough to start off my internship with a tour organized by the Central Baltimore Partnership. I saw first-hand the impact of community economic development in a struggling city.
Having grown up in Chicago, I witnessed crime and poverty in communities that I thought would never see prosperity. In Central Baltimore I was relieved to see a unified plan in motion to tackle blight and crime. After meeting with the Central Baltimore Partnership, Johns Hopkins University and a local civic association, I understood the kind of partnership and trust it takes to transform distressed neighborhoods.