Extensive research project reveals the vital signs of Baltimore's neighborhoods

BALTIMORE -  

Steve Gregory has lived in the Harford/Echodale area of Baltimore city for nearly his whole life.

Normally a quiet area, he says in the last ten years or so there has been a bit of a crime concern.

"I see it changing.  I mean I see that coming to an end too because eventually everything like that is going to come to an end.  If it is changing everywhere else, it will change here too.  Maybe this was one of the last neighborhoods it came to too."

It turns out, the area in the severe northeast corner of the city including neighborhoods Hamilton Hills and Overlea is the only area, the only area in Baltimore that saw an increase in violent crime.

That little slice of information comes from the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, a non-profit group out of the University of Baltimore who just completed the most comprehensive look at Baltimore city and its many neighborhoods.

"It is really taking the pulse of what's going on, not just at the city level but what's important is to know is with over 270 neighborhoods in Baltimore city, each one is unique; each one is different."

Matthew Kachura is the director of BNIA.

Baltimore's vitals are based on more than 100 different types of data over ten years and crunched together into an easy to use interactive map.

Roll over your neighborhood and bring up specific numbers of social and criminal trends through the last decade.

Crime, income, education, even how many rehab permits were obtained, all of it creating a detailed and layered cross section revealing a neighborhood's profile and the information residents can use to educate themselves and make a difference.

"It's ten years worth of data so you can see the trends of what happened, but you can now take that trend and use it as an input into going forward and using it to drive the agenda," said Kachura.

To check out the vital signs of your neighborhood, click here.

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