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UMD Students Help Plan Salisbury's Future Look

UMD students and area residents join city officials at the Downtown Community  Design Workshop. UMD students and area residents join city officials at the Downtown Community Design Workshop.

SALISBURY, Md.- City officials are looking to redesign Salisbury with the help of architecture students from University of Maryland College Park.

 The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning and the graduate Urban Design studio are teaming up with the community to revitalize Salisbury.

City Leaders want to transform the Downtown area into a mixed-use development. They want the location to be a place where people work, play, eat and shop. The city hopes to achieve that goal by 2020. You can review the goals and timeline here.

More than 50 students participated in a Downtown Design Workshop today. Dozens of residents joined them. The students were split into three groups. Each group toured a different part of the city, including downtown, the waterfront and the North Prong area.

Joshua Hale, who has lived in Salisbury for 15 years, wants to see change.

" I think we're just lacking a culture; a culture that we can all gather around; a culture of art, of health, of love," Hale said.

Michael Rhue lives in Seaford, Delaware but spends much of his time in Salisbury.

"I'd live to see a vibrant downtown area," Rhue said. " I'd like to see elevated walkways. You've got upstairs apartments with no balconies."

"You've got to have that outdoor image in order to attract people to downtown areas," he said.

The students spent weeks conducting research on Salisbury and it history. Many students see potential for the area.

"We talked a lot about connecting neighborhoods, and I think it would be an important part of making downtown more accessible.

Luis Quiros, a professor of architecture, envisions a bright future for the waterfront and surrounding areas.

" I think a closer relationship with water [is important]," Quiros said. " Just imagine living in front of the water, having activities, being able to just leave your home, go to work, have lunch, have dinner then maybe go to a concert; all of that close to the water."

Hale is excited about their ideas.

"I feel very fortunate to have them [UMD students and faculty] as part of my team; as part of our team here in Salisbury."



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