The INSPIRE program was created based on the idea that stronger schools lead to stronger neighborhoods, and stronger neighborhoods lead to stronger schools.

    About the INSPIRE program

    INSPIRE LogoMillions of dollars of investment in schools can trigger additional investment in the surrounding neighborhood. INSPIRE plans help build from the community’s vision and help guide this investment. At the same time, a safe and stable neighborhood is fundamental for providing students and families with a healthy living environment, where children are more likely to attend school and have better outcomes.

    INSPIRE plans include recommendations for how to improve the surrounding neighborhood environment and improve quality of life for students, their families, and all neighborhood residents. By focusing on a small geographic area, INSPIRE plans can include recommendations for specific, actionable public investments to the surrounding neighborhood. Each plan identifies both short-term and long-term recommendations:

    • Short-term recommendations are public improvements that can be made by the opening day of each school. Special attention is paid to physical improvements and maintenance to the perimeter of the school site and to the primary routes leading to the school.
    • Long-term recommendations articulate the community’s vision and further address environmental, social, and economic conditions.

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    About 21st Century Schools

    The Department of Planning is working to create INSPIRE plans for neighborhoods surrounding each of the twenty-eight school buildings being modernized through the Baltimore 21st Century Schools Initiative.

    View our map of 21st Century Schools or learn more about these school projects on the initiative website.