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Media Advisory
Mixed Income Neighborhoods:
Theories Meet Realities in Baltimore

December 6, 2007
TO: Assignment editors, reporters
FROM: Amy Lunday | 443-287-9960 | acl@jhu.edu
RE: Mixed Income Neighborhoods: Theories Meet Realities in Baltimore
WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Hodson Hall, Room 210
The Johns Hopkins University, Homewood campus
3400 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21208

Wondering how the recently enacted inclusionary housing ordinance will impact new development in Baltimore? If so, plan to listen in on Tuesday, Dec. 11, as 35 first-year graduate students enrolled in Johns Hopkins' Policy Analysis for the Real World course present a semester's worth of research into whether there is hard evidence demonstrating that mixed-income environments are beneficial to lower-income households.

The students will share their findings with an audience of 40 to 50 representatives of city government and neighborhood organizations. The annual event typically attracts several City Council members, as well as representatives from the city's Department of Housing and Community Development and other city planners, as well as community leaders.

The course is taught by Sandra Newman, professor of policy studies and director of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is part of the university's master of public policy program. Newman designs the project and shepherds the students through the data collection, analysis and reporting of results. She is quick to emphasize that the project is more than just a curricular tool: The findings are disseminated to community leaders, city planners and policy-makers, along with specific recommendations to help guide future policy and program development.

With passage of the inclusionary housing ordinance, Baltimore has joined more than 130 jurisdictions that require new developments of market-rate housing to include some housing units that are affordable to lower-income households. As a start to developing this evidence for Baltimore, Newman's students conducted an analysis of a sample of Baltimore's own naturally occurring mixed-income neighborhoods along multiple indicators of neighborhood desirability and quality. They also compared these mixed- income neighborhoods to samples of predominantly low-income neighborhoods and predominantly high-income neighborhoods and will present their findings at this briefing. Their work is a response to a hypothetical memo from Mayor Dixon. Reporters wishing to cover this event or to request a copy of the assignment should contact Amy Lunday at acl@jhu.edu or 443-287- 9960.