Washington Post education reporter Nick Anderson takes a closer look at Johns Hopkins' efforts to revitalize East Baltimore through redevelopment and education, speaking with local residents as well as university administrators about the project.
The 88-acre redevelopment project includes taking over day-to-day operations of a struggling public school, recently renamed Henderson-Hopkins, which will be moved from its temporary neighborhood location into a newly constructed $43 million campus later this year.
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Hopkins President Ronald J. Daniels, in an interview on the main campus in north Baltimore, said the university must shoulder more responsibility for the welfare of a city of 619,000 that has been its home since 1876. A former provost at U-Penn, Daniels cites the Ivy League university's work in rebuilding west Philadelphia as a model. He has pushed Hopkins to deepen its engagement with East Baltimore since he arrived here in 2009. "We've really elevated it to a higher level," he said. "There was a perception that we weren't doing all that we could be doing."