Swimmable Cities: Lessons for Baltimore from Five Cities that Have Cleaned Up Their Rivers, Lakes and Estuaries studies how Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Norfolk overcame sewer infrastructure problems – similar to those faced by Baltimore – to make large improvements in the health of their waterways. The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, with funding by the Abell Foundation asked the Center for Watershed Protection to produce this report that studies what made these five major U.S. cities successful and how Baltimore City can follow a similar path. Read the report here.
Making the Grade
For-profit colleges are making national headlines for their high costs and their students’ high debt. The Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition (MCRC), with funding from the Abell Foundation, authored the first state-wide study of for-profit schools in the country. Read their report here.
Stopping the Flood Beneath Baltimore’s Streets
Baltimore signed a consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department after a lawsuit about the city’s deteriorating sewer system that required the city to “eliminate all” overflows and spills by January 2016. The nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), with funding from the Abell Foundation, produced an investigative report Stopping the Flood Beneath Baltimore’s Streets that examined the causes and context of the problems and offered solutions. Read their report here.
Justice Diverted: How Renters are Processed in the Baltimore City Rent Court provides a deep dive into Baltimore’s eviction crisis in which nearly 150,000 eviction cases are filed by landlords in Baltimore City each year. The Public Justice Center (PJC), with funding from the Abell Foundation, launched an initiative to study the Baltimore District Court docket known as “Rent Court,” document the eviction process, give account to poor housing conditions that often lead to rent withholding, and recommend reforms to the system. Read the report here.
Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting
In the fall of 2015, the Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting class at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism teamed with Kaiser Health News, the Washington-based national health policy news service, to investigate health care disparities in West Baltimore and determine why residents have trouble finding or getting good health care in a City with world renowned medical services. The Baltimore Urban Affairs Reporting class began in the fall of 2008 after a gift from the Abell Foundation to the Philip Merrill College. Read their report here.