As Hopkins expands into DC, what does that mean for Baltimore?
Originally published in The Johns Hopkins News-Letter by the Editorial Board, January 31, 2019
“Last Friday, many of us received an email that Hopkins had purchased the building that currently houses the Newseum, a museum in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to promoting freedom of speech. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, the building is positioned at the heart of the nation’s capital and will primarily be used to centralize the University’s graduate programs, including the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
In many ways, this purchase is great news. It introduces new opportunities for our affiliates, particularly those who commute to D.C. or are based there. It expands the University’s presence in the capital and gives us a greater role in debates over public policy. It provides a platform for networking and an exchange of valuable resources between Hopkins and the rest of D.C.
Yet as Hopkins gains stronger footing in the capital, we are also concerned that should our institution continue to expand its presence and influence elsewhere, it may drift further away from its roots in Baltimore….To be sure, the University has made some substantial efforts to give back to Baltimore. In December 2012, Hopkins announced the Homewood Community Partners Initiative (HCPI) to stimulate community partnerships in ten neighborhoods near Homewood Campus. In 2015, Hopkins launched HopkinsLocal in an effort to increase the University’s investment in Baltimore-based small businesses. And in 2017, the University’s 21st Century Cities initiative funded five research projects addressing urban policy improvements in Baltimore. Through these endeavors, the University has shown a vested interest in helping Baltimore residents on both a financial level and policy level.”