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This has been a hard season for me.

On the career front,
  • I'm happy to report that my work with the Maryland Dept. of Housing & Community Development is challenging and invigorating;
  • Meanwhile, I plan to graduate in a year's time from Morgan State University pursuing my Masters in City & Regional Planning;
  • I'm organizing a big Planning panel discussion at Morgan with MAPS;
  • I'm now a boardmember of MissionFit in Remington; and
  • With my graduate work at Morgan, I was on a team that won the MD Sustainable Growth Award. This Fall, I'm beginning an exciting GIS + African-American heritage focused project with Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Westport. I will also start my capstone!  

But personally? My mother passed away on April 1st. I am bereft. I have an amazing circle of friends and family who have surprised and supported me, including a wonderful husband...so we persevere! But her passing gives perspective: Have a meaningful, progressive life; keep comfortable and stay-on-your health; find meaning but make time to rest. Long days can be too short.

As I now get "back-to-things," I move forward. This spring, I am giving my time to a bunch of local causes, including city planning, youth development, and the arts. Please come see me at one of these! 

NEXT WEEK

I'm part of an awesome team organizing a big with the Morgan Association of Planning Students! You’re invited! Give feedback on Amtrak's Baltimore Penn Station Redevelopment!

Planners’ Professional Development Institute, hosted by MAPS and APA MD- Thu, April 25, 2019 6 PM – 9 PM. Get AICP CM credit! RSVP on Eventbrite (Free)

The event will focus on Transit Oriented Development (TOD) with a keynote by Amtrak’s Terrance Hancock to invite student feedback on Baltimore’s Penn Station Redevelopment, followed by a lively and diverse panel. The panel will introduce Planning students to career professionals and current-day development projects, concepts and models.

Light refreshments will be provided. Donations are welcome and appreciated. Many thanks to MAPS sponsor, the Morgan School of Architecture and Planning (SA+P) and the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Panelists:

  • Terrance Hancock, Amtrak, Senior Real Estate Development Manager
  • Marianne Navarro, AICP, Mayor’s Office of Strategic Alliances – City of Baltimore, Anchor Institution Coordinator & Special Assistant for Economic Development
  • Lisa Hodges-Hiken, Westport Community Economic Development Corp, Executive Director
  • Adam D. Genn, Weller Development, Development Director
  • Celeste Chavis, Ph.D., P.E., Morgan State University Dept. of Transportation & Urban Infrastructure Studies, Associate Professor
  • Renata Southard, Assoc. AIA, Baltimore City, Department of Planning, Design Planner
 

IN TWO WEEKS

I'm now a board member of MissionFit! Come out and Support MissionFit Community Day - Saturday, May 4th 12-4pm.

The purpose of the Community Day is to help grow and strengthen our community - both those who already support MissionFit, and those in the local community who may not even know about us - and create a fun day to engage in health, and be a resource to bring health into the community.

What to expect:

  • Strength Challenges for all ages and fitness levels
  • Strollrobics (a cardio workout with a Greek twist)
  • Great food
  • Mindfulness and Yoga
  • Music
  • A strength competition with awesome prizes
Of course, all that made us think of you! So if you're interested at all in participating, would like to volunteer, want to compete in the Strength Competition, or just want to attend as an awesome citizen, we would love to have you. Please bring friends, kids, the whole family! The event is free to all - tickets to the Strength Competition are $30 for a two-person team.

Please RSVP, and if you don't mind spreading the word a little, we appreciate that too. Here is a link to the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/444745732966566/

Thanks so much for being a part of the MissionFit Community, and hope to see you on May 4th!

TONIGHT

I'm helping out Station North Arts & Entertainment District! Tonight and next Tuesday---I'm presenting on the Ynot Lot, a seasonal temporary outdoor event venue located on the corner of North Avenue and Charles Street in the heart of the Station North Arts & Entertainment District. The lot is open to arts and community oriented event bookings.


 Impact Hub at 10 E. North Avenue
Thursday April 18th at 7:00pm
Tuesday April 23rd at 12:00pm
These sessions will be free and open to all those who have confirmed events taking place in the lot.
 
 

LASTLY

Last Spring, I worked with an awesome studio project at Morgan: Creating a Neighborhood Plan for the Franklin Square Neighborhood in West Baltimore.

Last month, we won a Maryland Sustainable Growth Award! Big shout-out to my teammembers, April (standing next to me!), Washina, Kshitiz, Christy, Sha'Von, Alex, and of course, Dr. Sanders-Thach. YES! Check out the full Plan online.
At last Fall's Tiny House Expo in Howard County, my mother and I met Jill Kanto of SearchTinyHouseVillages.com. As you may know, I've been interesting in "tiny living" for a while--including working with the Hyattsville CDC on reviewing the Prince George's County Code to explore tiny homes along smaller single family lot sizes (I wrote a paper!). As time allows, I've offered some of my graphic design expertise to help her share her fantastic platform.

Time to rest. Happy Spring Solstice, Passover + Easter. See you soon!

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