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New Trees for the Neighborhood

Baltimore, MD, September 22, 2017 - While most urban communities throughout the U.S. are losing tree canopy cover due to a wide variety of threats – including insects, disease, and storms – Baltimore is bucking the trend. Between 2007 to 2015, the City of Baltimore saw a small increase in its urban tree canopy cover.

Data analyzed by the U.S. Forest Service in collaboration with the City of Baltimore and the University of Vermont show that the city’s urban tree canopy inched up from 27 percent to 28 percent between 2007 and 2015. Tree canopy is the extent of the outer layers of leaves, or canopy, of a tree or group of trees. Percentage of tree canopy cover measures the portion of an area that has tree coverage when viewed or measured from above. While the increase in tree canopy is not dramatic, it is a meaningful step in the right direction, according to Morgan Grove, a research forester and team leader in the Forest Service’s Baltimore Field Station.
TCNA continually works to increase tree cover in the neighborhood. See below for recent tree plantings...

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Neighborhood Garden Projects

The TCNA designs plants and maintains four neighborhood gardens: the Tuscany Oval (intersection of Tuscany and Ridgemede); the garden at 39th and Canterbury; the Garden at the Stony Run Bridge (at Linkwood and Stoney Run rd), and the Ridgemede Elbow Garden (at the right angle bend on Ridgemede rd).

TCNA member Charles Brenton, Professional Landscape Architect has been working with the Greens Committee and advising us on ways we can improve our gardens.

Last season we performed our routine weeding and mulching of all 4 of our neighborhood gardens: the Garden at 39thSt, the Tuscany Oval, the Ridgemede Elbow and the Garden at the approach to the Stony Run Bridge. We continued to hire Jenna Sylvester to do the weeding both last spring and this spring. Chris Whitaker was our champion in purchasing and delivering the mulch.

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Calvert School Conservation Easement Plan

The shaded area on the drawing above shows the Forest Conservation Easement area. This area is 1.4 acres of the 2.7 acres that were purchased by Calvert School in 2018. The agreed upon TCNA/Calvert buffer zone remains, plus additional land was included in the Forest Conservation Easement. This easement permanently runs with the land and was approved by the Baltimore City Planning Commission on June 26, 2021

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Pauli Murray Statue in Bishop’s Square Park

TCNA continues to be active in caring for our neighborhood’s public spaces. In Bishop’s Park, located at the corners of N. Charles Street, University Parkway, and Bishop’s Road, one can see the pedestal that once held the Confederate Women's Monument. It was removed, along with 3 other Confederate statues in Baltimore City in 2018.

June 2021. the TCNA was approached by the Union of Black Episcopalians to consider giving neighborhood support for erecting a statue in Bishop’s Square, commemorating The Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray.

May 2022. In the next stage of the process, Mr Eric Holcomb of the Baltimore City Planning Department is looking into the approval process for the statue.

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39th Street Traffic Calming

Planned landscaping and streetscape improvements on 39th Street from University Parkway to Canterbury Road include traffic calming.
The project is scheduled to take place in four phases:
Phase 1 (complete). The Broadview has an MOU with the city to provide plantings and maintain them on the median between Stony Run and University Parkway.
Phase 2: (complete) paved area constructed and tables provided by the Broadway for the community to use.
Phase 3: (current phase) A traffic calming plan has been submitted to the Baltimore City transportation department to include speed 'tables', street markings, crosswalks and bump outs between University Parkway and the Canterbury Rd roundabout.

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University Parkway

Updates about Plans for University Parkway

This month (March 2022), the big news was the release of the city’s long-awaited plans for resurfacing University Parkway from Charles Street to the 39th Street/San Martin Drive intersection.

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Stony Run

In 2017 the bridges were completed that cross the Stony Run Stream. This was a major step in the creation of a continuous 3.5 mile path envisioned by neighbors going back to 2002. The final piece for this phase of the plan is to connect the 2 bridges with a new walking path. Further details can be found below. Other uncompleted projects include: planting and caring for new trees on hillside by University Parkway and Linkwood, maintaining the TCNA garden by large bridge on Linkwood, replacing aging benches, raising money for additional plantings and maintenance in the park.

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Calvert School Athletic Center and Field

2018: Purchase of property along Tuscany road following TCNA approval of purchase
2021: Revised development plan to build an athletic center and field.
2021: Permanent forest conservation easement area approved by Baltimore City.
2021: Preconstruction work started
2022: Calvert and Tuscany Project Committee worked to resolve noise and visibility issues. Completion expected Fall 2022.

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