Amber Collett

Amber Collett

In addition to the psychological and physiological impacts of living in a neighborhood considered ‘blighted’, physical and social trends within Harlem Park have been shaped by and are continuing to shape resident relations with the City, nonprofit organizations, and the broader Baltimore community.

2016 Urban Fellow

Research Topic: Socio-cultural and Ecological Interactions

Faculty Advisor: Amity Doolittle

Urban re-greening, community identity, and perceptions of wellbeing in Harlem Park, West Baltimore

Racial disparities of health and wellbeing within Baltimore have been created and
perpetuated through a variety of avenues including socio-economic inequity, physical and
political shaping of the public space, and ecological management. In West Baltimore’s
Harlem Park neighborhood, resident perceptions of health and wellbeing, relationships to
urban green space, and civic engagement approaches are informed by historical urban
land use practices, current re-greening efforts, and value-seeking processes. This study is
a first step towards unpacking the historical, structural, and value trends underpinning the
social and decision processes that shape urban communities.