Sarah Littlepage has been through this before. "Too many times," she said.
The 62-year-old Union Square resident, whose family has run a furniture store in Southwest Baltimore since 1893, has been to meetings about improving the area, offered feedback on sidewalks and streetlamps, brainstormed ideas when Poppleton and Pigtown were designated Empowerment Zones.
But she's sat out the latest effort, as friends and neighbors have collaborated across traditional neighborhood boundaries to create a new nonprofit and a common vision for the area that can guide it to a future of more people, businesses and jobs, and less crime, drug use and trash.
The group, called the...