Morgan State graduate students offer ideas for Waverly's business district


Six Morgan State University graduate students displayed their ideas yesterday for enhancing the Waverly business district on Greenmount Avenue, site of a new "Main Street" effort.

While their designs will not definitely be implemented, it was a chance to rethink the "self-image" and identity of the area centered at 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue, said Frank Jannuzi, president of the Charles Village Community Benefits District. "I found so much that was attractive and provocative."

Main Street is a national program that promotes more vibrant downtown areas. The designs unveiled yesterday at the Safe and Sound Center on Greenmount Avenue may be rough drafts for the future, Jannuzi said.

One landscape architecture student suggested turning the recently closed Super Fresh site into "Waverly Station," including a clock tower and an old trolley car, to capture the flavor of times past. "Waverly is a village within a village if people just realized it," said Peter Bieneman, 30.

Children's play areas and a ring of trees near the farmers' market lot were other suggested features for upgrading the urban outdoors.

"The sights and smells of the [Saturday] farmers' market make you feel at home," said Heather Loyd, 26. "It connects everyone. With more seating in public spaces, the longer people will stay."

City officials took note of the presentations, including a proposed transportation redesign. City planners said the Main Street program is an "implementation tool" for commercial revitalization in a comprehensive plan.

The proposal that drew chuckles was "Love Movement" by Evan Richardson, 24, who showed a design with colorful and meandering paths and a gathering point for "all shapes, sizes and colors."

"I loved the redesign of farmers' market," Jannuzi said. "We have a success already in place, but it's also clear that we're not making the most of it in getting people to stay."

Pub Date: 2/23/99

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