Recently in the news there has been increased opposition to the EBDI development adjacent to the Johns Hopkins Hospital. It has grown to the point where local representatives are going to seek to block any further development or changes to the plan, including seeking an injunction to halt the new Public Health Lab already under construction (which I doubt will happen). They contest that not enough of what was promised will come to fruition, and too many of the original residents have been displaced. While I am disappointed that the original plans for EBDI are unlikely to happen. I don't see the benefit of stopping what is happening. Moreover, I dont agree with their stance.
The Mid-East neighborhoods surrounding JHH have long been in shambles, with most of the housing abandoned and dilapidated. What has occured over the past few years has been a significant improvement, new market-rate and affordable housing (which many former residents have moved into). New office and lab space, a new residential tower for JHU students, the new public health lab which will add jobs, a new home for the Berman Bioethics Institute is now in an old police station which was completely rehabbed, a small new park. There are three new retail spaces set to open this summer, with a Wahlgreen's in the near future. How do you not call this progress? The new life in the neighborhood will only seek to improve the chances of development on neighboring block. There is already more street traffic with the buildings that have opened. Can these local officials not see the what will happen in the next few months? years?
I'm not in favor of bulldozing the past, but the cold reality is that the neighborhood surrounding JHH was long gone, and the rowhomes in terrible condition after years of neglect by both the city, and yes by the residents of the community. EBDI and JHH are trying to make something new and jump start what can be the new community, that is much more diverse with the influx of newer people who might actually want to take care of their new neighborhood.
Just something to think about.