Baltimore's independent colleges attract some of the world's brightest and most creative students, faculty, and researchers — creating a culture of inventiveness that rivals any on the planet. As we continue to grow, we have looked for opportunities to invest in the city's forward progress as a world-class city. The Johns Hopkins University, for example, has partnered with the city, state and Annie E. Casey Foundation to invest $1.8 billion in East Baltimore over 20 years. The aim is to create a revitalized mixed-income neighborhood where new housing, retail, dining, public education and child care facilities, supported by science and technology jobs, supplant largely abandoned housing, high crime and infant mortality rates, and a poverty rate twice the city's average. The university's similarly focused $10 million Homewood Community Partners Initiative will reinforce neighborhoods in Central Baltimore.