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New Group Wants To Make Harford Road a Destination

The Parkville Main Street Committee wants to give a stretch of Harford Road a face-lift.

Corinne Paulsen has lived all over the Baltimore area—from Parkville and Pikesville to Cockeysville and Woodlawn—as well as Northern Virginia. When it came time to buy her first home, she chose Parkville, a place where she’d rented an apartment.

“[Parkville] is affordable, safe, and close to everything, including 695 and 95,” said Paulsen. “I love my home and I love my neighbors.”

Paulsen has owned her house in Parkville for more than seven years and is a member of the Greater Parkville Community Council (GPCC). Through GPCC meetings, she has gotten to know President Ruth Baisden and the two have had an ongoing dialogue about Harford Road and its potential.

Those discussions led to the recent formation of a new group called the Parkville Main Street Committee, an offshoot of the GPCC, which Paulsen chairs. There are currently about 10 members total on the committee. A core group of four members—Paulsen, Baisden, Andrea Messier and Joy Piscitelli—have been meeting every Saturday morning at the newly opened Café Euro coffee shop in the Parkville Shopping Center.

The committee is focusing their attention on the portion of Harford Road between Taylor Avenue and the post office located just south of Putty Hill Road.

“We want this to be a walkable community with restaurants and an ice cream store and places for neighbors to congregate,” said Paulsen.

They are looking to give Parkville an identity and raise awareness of its charms, and their first order of business is developing a community logo that will appear on t-shirts and car decals that will be sold at the Parkville Town Fair on Sept. 18.

Proceeds from the sales will go toward the Main Street initiative.

Other plans include beautifying Harford Road by painting some of the buildings that line it, adding planters, and perhaps putting solar lights in the trees. The group also wants to give people a reason to come to Harford Road—perhaps through a regular farmer’s market or flea market.

“This is an area that people drive through,” Paulsen said. “Nothing draws you to Harford Road. We see what’s happening in Hamilton and we want to do something like that in Parkville.”

JW July 11, 2011 at 08:32 PM
I live in Parkville as well and commend the GPCC and Ms. Paulsen for seeing the potential of Harford Road's main street initiative. Parkville is a great location and the community is fabulous. A Farmer's market and better street lighting would be a welcomed addition.
MM July 13, 2011 at 02:32 PM
id love a coffee shop or a pasta bar!
Ruth Baisden July 15, 2011 at 08:26 PM
If you have ideas that you like to share, pleae join us for coffee or send us an email at ruthbaisden@yahoo.com. Its our community and your input is important!
Chelle Martz July 18, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I also live in Parkville just off Taylor Avenue and close enough to Parkville Shopping Center to walk there in 5 minutes. I commend the GPCC for their efforts but I must tell you...this community isn't as safe as it use to be. I have lived here for eight years and a LOT has changed. In the last two months we had to deal with an attempted break in and just last weekend various cars on our street (Daniels Avenue) were broken into. I've been trying to get the city to close off the alley way where a lot of suspicious foot traffic has been going on but no one will answer my calls. I want to start a neighborhood watch community but have no idea how to begin. Nonetheless, I do love where I live and will do what it takes to keep this area safe.
MM July 18, 2011 at 01:25 PM
Ruth, is there a community or neighborhood watch we can join or attend a meeting?
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