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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3003 N. Charles Street, Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-3843
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

November 30, 2001
CONTACT: Lavinia Edmunds

To: Reporters, Editors, Producers
Fr: Lavinia Edmunds
Ledmunds@jhu.edu, 410-516-4186
Re: Pros and Cons of Population Loss in Baltimore Neighborhoods: Policy Graduate Students Present Findings

Policy graduate students from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) will present their findings of the impact of population loss and gain in Baltimore City neighborhoods at a presentation on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at The Johns Hopkins University. The presentation, "Population Dynamics in Baltimore Neighborhoods: The Good, the Bad and the Neutral," will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Sherwood Room in Levering Hall.

Much has been made of Baltimore's shrinking population. But contrary to conventional wisdom, population decline is not always bad. As part of a graduate course in public policy taught by IPS Director Sandra Newman, students fanned out across selected neighborhoods in teams, conducted analysis of multiple sources of data, and studied theories of neighborhood choice. Their analysis offers insights into neighborhood dynamics and reveals where decline and loss of population can be a good barometer of a neighborhood's health. It suggests new opportunities presented by the profound shifts in population and lifestyles that have occurred in the city over the past three decades.

A discussion with the audience, which will include city council members, as well as neighborhood leaders and others concerned about the future of the city of Baltimore, will follow. The session is closed to the general public, but open to interested members of the media.

For information, call (410) 516-5186, or e-mail Ledmunds@jhu.edu.

When: 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001
Where: Sherwood Room, Levering Hall, 3400 North Charles St., Baltimore

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