Connie A. Brown
Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks
Dear Mr. Brown:
been informed by City Councilman Kraft’s Office that the Park on the East side
of the unit block of
When the so-called dollar houses were sold, an agreement was proffered that the parking spaces cut out by the City of Baltimore were to become permanent features of the home properties after two years’ residence by the new owners of the homestead houses, in exchange for rehabbing the houses and continuing to maintain the Park—and now it suddenly appears that our Park may not be considered a park anymore. This is of particular concern because the recent upsurge of development in the surrounding area puts any city property at a premium. Sometimes
things get lost in the shuffle—and we feel strongly that this particular plot should not be treated as waste ground to be parceled out to high-bidding private investors. That’s why, after 30 years, we’re coming to you for help.
We propose that the Park be called “Barbara Mikulski’s ‘Urban Experiment at Work’ Park.” While on the City Council early in her political career, Senator Mikulski was a strong proponent of the dollar house program in Baltimore City—and specifically, we understand, with the development of the Park at 7 South Durham Street and adjacent parking for the residents of the block. It seems abundantly appropriate to name in her honor a positive feature of the greater Fells Point area that she helped save from destruction, and especially one that embodies particular reforms she espoused.
In the past few years we of the Homestead Houses have invested in many improvements to the Park. Magnolia trees have been planted, existing trees have been cleared of choking vines, bushes and shrubs have been planted and trimmed, mortared stone wall borders have been added to the North and South flowerbeds of the green space, and costly repairs have been made to the ironwork fencing and to the chain-link fence separating the Durham Street Park from the backs of Wolfe Street properties. The Park is enjoyed not only by Homestead Houses residents but by our neighbors in Washington Hill; dog owners, in particular, seem to value a convenient space where their pets can walk on earth instead of pavement.
of Unit South Durham Homestead Houses has demonstrated its commitment to
maintaining—and beautifying—the Park, and to its continued existence as a
“model alley” neighborhood in
(Original Homesteader) (Owner since 2005)
410-767-1687 (until ) 24 (24-26)
410-276-5101 (evenings) (Owner since 2001)
Lorie A. Mayorga, J.D. Nancy West, M.S.
12 (12-14) South
(Owner since 1992) (Owner since 2001)
410-767-1855 (office) 410-327-9167
Calvin Brooks Patrick T. Boyle, A.A.S.
16 (16-18) South
(Original Homesteader) (Owner since 1987)
(Owner since 2004--nonresident)
 Also, Housing and Community Development is willing to transfer the property at a price that could easily be met.