BNIA-JFI in the news


"Maryland leads nation in foreclosures"

Washington Examiner, August 11, 2012

Maryland had the nation's highest foreclosure rate this spring, a new survey has found, and the flood on the market could drag down home values in the state. Nearly 2 percent -- or 20,000 -- of Maryland's 1.1 million loans included in the survey were moved into foreclosure between April and June, according to a new survey by the Mortgage Bankers Association. Read more...

"Baltimore’s Belair-Edison, Once a Vibrant Melting Pot, Slumps as Foreclosures Mount"

Capital News Source, May 12, 2012

For decades, middle-class families bought rowhouses in Belair-Edison and settled down on blocks where neighbors knew each other and kids played in the park. But as the recession recedes, this Northeast Baltimore community finds itself struggling. Foreclosures, predatory lenders, unemployment, subsidized rentals all have frayed the connections that residents here prized. Read more...



Baltimore Data Day 2012

"On data, dilapidation and defiance"

Baltimore Brew, July 16, 2012

I went to Baltimore Data Day on Friday knowing I’d find facts and figures. But I wasn’t quite prepared for how many people I’d encounter who were so angry about them. It was... energizing. "This Data Day – can it really help a community like Cherry Hill?" asked a skeptical Michael Middleton of the Cherry Hill Development Corporation, addressing the audience. Read more...


"Baltimore Data Day puts big data in communities' hands"

Technically Baltimore, July 13, 2012

At today’s Data Day, community leaders from around Baltimore City, working in nonprofits, civic- and faith-based groups, and government agencies, will begin examining 55,000 individual data points—100 separate data points collected in 55 communities throughout the city—while exploring how the intersection of community-based data and technology can assist neighborhoods’ efforts toward improvement. Read more...


Vital Signs 10

"Signs of Life"

Urbanite Magazine, May 23, 2012

After ten years of research, data hoarding, and statistics organizing, Vital Signs 10, which bills itself as a “comprehensive statistical portrait of Baltimore and its neighborhoods,” now offers a broad-ranging snapshot of the city’s progress and setbacks. Vital Signs 10 measures what it refers to as “quality of life” indicators including housing, employment, transportation, the economy, crime, education, population, and more. Its collection of charts and reports provides access to information about every neighborhood in the city with the intent of keeping residents and organizations informed about Baltimore’s constantly changing landscape. Read more...


"Baltimore housing over the decade: less affordable, more likely to be fixed up"

Baltimore Sun, May 16, 2012

Rough economy notwithstanding, more Baltimore homes were getting face lifts at the end of the last decade than the start.That's one of the bits of intel from the newest Vital Signs, an ongoing effort by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance at the University of Baltimore to sign a light on how the city is changing. Statistics range from crime rates to employment rates. (City residents -- pick your neighborhood from the Vital Signs map, and you can see where things stand near you.)  Read more...


"Extensive research project reveals the vital signs of Baltimore's neighborhood"
ABC 2 News
, May 11, 2012 video

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. Read more...


"Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Released"

North Baltimore Patch, May 11, 2012

How stable is your neighborhood? On Friday, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore released its latest set of community profiles that will help you answer that question. The organization used Community Statistical Areas to track information on neighborhoods such as crime and safety, transportation and sanitation. Read more...


"Vital Signs 10"

Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, WYPR, May 11, 2012 audio

Each year, the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA) releases Vital Signs, a portrait of the city’s neighborhoods in data. The report includes what you might expect—graduation rates, crime rates, foreclosure rates—and what you might not expect, such as how often residents report dirty streets and alleys, or how many people are getting to work without a car. Read more...


"Vital Signs 10 Marks a Decade of Gathering Key Data on Baltimore Neighborhoods"

University of Baltimore, May 12, 2012

Vital Signs 10, a comprehensive statistical portrait of Baltimore and its neighborhoods, marks a decade of reporting on "quality of life" indicators—housing, employment, transportation, the economy, crime, education, population, etc. The 10th edition of the report, published by the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute, tracks more than 110 indicators to show how the city has changed since the release of the first Vital Signs in 2002. Many of these indicators cover the years 2000-2010, and present a portrait of Baltimore during a decade of dramatic change. The report is available now on BNIA-JFI's website. Read more...


Children and Foreclosures

"Study finds jump in children affected by foreclosure"

ABC2 News, February 7, 2011 video

From 2005 through 2009, home foreclosures in Baltimore City nearly doubled, but the impact reaches far beyond the financial. "Most people understand and study foreclosures, how it impacts families, how it impacts wealth, how it impacts neighborhoods, but most people don't understand how it impacts children." Read more...


Violent Neighborhoods

"Baltimore's most dangerous neighborhoods"

ABC2 News, February 16, 2011 video

Helen Vello lives the story outside the headlines pointing to record lows in violent crime. Her home of more than 30 years is located right in the middle of what is statistically the most dangerous neighborhood in Baltimore city. ABC2 studied the police departments calls for service for part one violent crimes. Buried in spreadsheets, it's in these details where the devil lives. Based on call volume and actual reports taken, the most dangerous area of Baltimore city is found in the northern part of the Southeastern district. Read more...


Rats/Vacant Homes

"Foreclosure crisis rippling out putting city neighborhoods on the offensive"

ABC2 News, November 2, 2011 video

There are perhaps no better images that better reflect a rotting urban core than a row of vacant rowhomes. Today, veritable ghost towns of what were once healthy urban neighborhoods; occupied now by over grown trees, trash...and rats. Vermin are the indicator of a growing systemic problem few residents are willing to ignore. Read more...