Jade Clayton

Jade Clayton recently received her B.S. in economics and business administration from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. She is currently pursuing a post-baccalaureate certificate in internet application design, and hopes to receive a Master’s in urban planning. Her interest in planning began with a high school internship for the downtown partnership in her hometown of Frederick, Maryland. This interest has grown since attending college near the City of Baltimore, where the potential for innovative and sustainable urban growth is abundant, as are the challenges. Since receiving her undergraduate degree, Jade has been working full-time as a research assistant at Towson University, providing analysis and research on the local and regional economy in Maryland. Since graduating, Jade has spent her newfound free time becoming reacquainted with her love for the outdoors, backpacking through five European cities, and getting to know Baltimore a little better every day.

Adaptive Reuse of Former Breweries Brings Charm Back to Baltimore Neighborhoods

by Jade Clayton

It’s hard to pass through Baltimore, Maryland without seeing a mural, billboard, or the giant winking head that symbolizes the once prominent brewing industry of the city’s history. Two of the largest breweries in the U.... Read article

Red Line Light Rail Plans Spark Needed Discussion Across Baltimore

by Jade Clayton

The City of Baltimore has a lot of problems, just some of which officials hope to solve with fourteen miles of new light rail. The new Red Line project will be the city’s second light rail line, this time connecting the ... Read article

Knowing Your Bike Lanes from Sharrows in the City of Baltimore, Maryland

by Jade Clayton

The City of Baltimore was one of the early adopters of sharrows, lanes shared by cyclists and drivers and marked with a bike-and-chevron design. Some of the original sharrows along University Parkway and Roland Avenue ha... Read article

Druid Hill’s Memorial Pool: A Meaningful Green Space in Baltimore

by Jade Clayton

A 2007 article from Landscape and Urban Planning defines a few of the many roles intended in landscape architecture when planning public parks and gardens: Supporting biodiversity and providing ecosystem services; ... Read article

The Importance of Native Plants in Baltimore’s Streetscapes

by Jade Clayton

Many cities are recognizing the need to return natural green spaces to their streetscapes, not only for visual appeal, but for environmental sustainability. Baltimore recognizes that native plants are needed to ensure bi... Read article

Urban Hiking Reveals the True Walkability of the City of Baltimore, Maryland

by Jade Clayton

Growing up in a house sandwiched between two corn fields, I had a narrow view of what it means to spend time outdoors. Living on a road without a sidewalk, I was discouraged from walking anywhere - not because of distanc... Read article

Renting Versus Buying in Baltimore: Is There a Growing Trend?

by Jade Clayton

“Manhattanization” is what one article has recently labelled the up cropping of towers, or buildings with fifteen or more stories, in many U.S. cities, including Baltimore. Comparing the relatively small city of Baltimor... Read article

Why You Should Be Excited about the Potential Baltimore Water Taxi Expansion

by Jade Clayton

Downtown Baltimore, Maryland is working hard to remain a tourist destination, while improving its branding as a decent place to live. The most comprehensive source detailing what Baltimore hopes to achieve is the Inner H... Read article

Maryland’s Septics Law Highlights Differences of Rural and Urban Communities

by Jade Clayton

Maryland’s Sustainable Growth & Agricultural Preservation Act of 2012, also known as the septics law, widened the divide between rural and urban communities in the state. The law is part of a bundle of programs pushe... Read article

Can Towson Reduce Congestion with New Bike, Ped, and Circulator Options?

by Jade Clayton

Baltimore City’s northern neighbor Towson, Maryland is lacking in the area of alternative transportation for the thousands of commuters and residents who must pass through the town every day. Residents can, however, rejo... Read article

Industrial Mills of Jones Falls Redeveloped for a New Baltimore

by Jade Clayton

My previous blog discussed the chronic undercrowding in the City of Baltimore and the current plans to reverse it by charming homebuyers with reduced property tax rates. The City has also been charming developers of the ... Read article

Baltimore's Revenue Base on the Rise as "Change to Grow" Increases Population

by Jade Clayton

The City of Baltimore is in dire need of new residents. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake appears to have her sights on so-called “new Baltimoreans” to fill the city’s empty houses. Baltimore’s current population of 621,342... Read article