Western Shore College Students and Eastern Shore Residents "Envision Salisbury"

Feb 24, 2014

Students and locals gather at the Feb. 8 "Envision Salisbury" workshop in downtown Salisbury.
Credit Envision Salisbury

It’s been more than three decades since a new building went up in downtown Salisbury on the Eastern Shore.  The city’s is aiming to revitalize itself – and one unusual element in that effort involves dozens of graduate and undergraduate architecture students re-designing Salisbury’s downtown. Since January, 58 students from the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (MAPP) have been researching Salisbury history, and mapping, drawing and analyzing data from residents in a project called “Envision Salisbury.”

In this interview, Sheilah Kast speaks with Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton. Mayor Ireton describes how development has been stalled in downtown Salisbury, and explains what the City of Salisbury is doing to plan for future development.

Kast also speaks with Luis Quiros, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Quiros is one of the professors leading students in the 'vertical studio.' 

And we also hear from Valerie Sherry, a Master's candidate in MAPP. She provides some of her observations on the project.

This segment was produced by Jamyla Kay-jamylakay@wypr.org