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York Road Initiative

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A growth of Loyola University Maryland's 2008-13 Strategic Plan to “take a leadership role in the development of a multi-dimensional plan to improve the quality of life for all persons living, working, and learning in the York Road corridor,” Loyola's York Road Initiative is a place-based community development strategy geographically focused in the Greater Govans/ York Road corridor communities of north Baltimore City adjacent to our Evergreen campus.

The York Road Initiative is geographically focused in the Govans community of north Baltimore City, specifically, Cold Spring Lane (Loyola Evergreen Campus) to Northern Parkway (Loyola Clinical Centers at Belvedere Square) and involves community constituencies, including neighborhood residents and associations, faith-based, civic and business organizations, public and private leaders.

Partnering with neighbors and others, York Road Initiative focuses on the educational development, health, and well-being of community residents, as well as upon the economic viability of our neighborhoods, including our residential and retail establishments.   The mission is to collaborate with neighbors and partners to produce positive change for all residents in the York Road community that improves the area education and youth development, builds civic capacity and strengthens the York Road commercial corridor.


York Road Brochure

Want to know key places to go? Want to find great restaurants on York Road? Download our York Road brochure.

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Listening Project With the York Road Community

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Download the Loyola Listening results in large format.

Links & Articles

If interested in the York Road Initiative or the York Road community, these links and articles below may prove to be intriguing.

York Road: Our History, Our Story

"The Black Butterfly" - Racial Segregation and Investment Patterns in Baltimore
February 5, 2019
The Urban Institute

A push to recognize founder of Baltimore's historic Wilson Park
Sarah Gantz, Baltimore Sun
July 11, 2017

Baltimore Tries Drastic Plan of Race Segregation
December 25, 1910

Apartheid Baltimore Style: the Residential Segregation Ordinances of 1910-1913
Maryland Law Review, Volume 42, Issue 2

Roland Park: one of America's first garden suburbs, and built for whites only
Johns Hopkins Magazine, Fall 2014

Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City
Antero Pietila

Findings from the Winter 2010 Loyola is Listening project

Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance

Baltimore City Health Department