The workshop began with several presentations that provided context and understanding of some basic concepts for how Baltimore can leverage the 20-minute neighborhood concept by connecting walkable places by transit, biking, and car-sharing. After the presentations, the participants began working in small groups on two exercises.
At the beginning of the first exercise, each group was given a choice of working at one of two scales: One base map included the "urban core", or the area roughly contained within the Baltimore Beltway. The second base map included a larger area that comprises much of the suburban jurisdictions in the Baltimore region.
For reference, both maps included Baltimore's "frequent" transit services, or those services that run at a frequency of 15 minutes or better throughout the day. This includes the Metro Subway, Central Light Rail Line, the four QuickBus routes, and the Charm City Circulator. There were eight tables of participants and they all opted to work with the urban core map rather than the regional map.
In the first exercise, participants were instructed to identify places with color coded dots. Places were either identified as "primary" (major destinations of regional significance) with a large blue dot, or "secondary" (local or sub-regional destinations or neighborhoods) with a large yellow dot. Participants were asked to only identify places that were relatively walkable or had the potential to be walkable or vibrant. After placing the large dots, participants went back and placed either a small green dot over the large dots to signify if the place was currently walkable, and a small red to signify that it had potential to become walkable.
In the second exercise, participants were instructed to add color coded tape that represented primary and secondary transit and bicycle routes that connected the places they identified to each other and to other parts of the city or metro area. The wide tape represented primary transit or bicycle routes and narrow tape represented secondary primary transit or bicycle routes. Each table had different color tape so transit and bikes were distinguished in a legend added after the workshop.
Below are images of each group's map from the workshop.