the Neighborhood Design Center

partners with community leaders to envision better parks, public spaces, streetscapes and more.

is a pioneer in collaborative design. Our unique approach engages residents for greater consensus and long-term success of each project.

is the trusted non-profit to call when you want to get things done. We’ve been invited to work on more than 4,000 community-led projects since 1968.

How we kickstart projects

When a community has a vision, but meets barriers like lack of funding, systemic roadblocks, capacity challenges, or technical requirements, NDC can help. 

We bring people together, build capacity, conduct research, and provide top-notch design and planning services (often for pro bono). With the right resources, communities then have what they need to get funding for implementation, maintenance, and more.

From revitalizing commercial districts to developing comprehensive greening strategies, we help make neighborhoods more vibrant, safe, and sustainable. We work in Baltimore City and Prince George’s County, Maryland.


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We consider ourselves leaders in the field of community design. Check out our NDC-designed guidebooks, reading recommendations, and more.

News + Stories

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Read up on events we’re hosting, project updates, and insightful thought leadership pieces.


June 3, 2023

2023 Annual Awards & Volunteer Celebration!


April 5, 2023

Fostering a Culture of Care and Maintenance in the Built Environment


April 2, 2023

Middle Branch Park Cleanup Competition

Volunteer Opportunities

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Featured Case Study

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Blue Light Junction: Transforming an old auto body shop into a natural dye workshop space