In Future City, author and BCF trustee Wes Moore looks at bright ideas that are working in other cities, and asks weather they would work in Baltimore. Listen every third Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. on WYPR (88.9 FM). Future City is made possible by Genine and Josh Fidler (BCF Vice Chair) and supported by BCF. 


Policing and Mental Health

By Mary Wiltenburg, Wes Moore & Aaron Henkin

Police officers often serve as first responders in situations involving mental health. Officers need to know how to identify mental health issues and make decisions about how to help vulnerable people – often in a short amount of time. This month, Future City examines how officials in San Antonio developed mental health crisis response teams within the police department and provided intense training to police officers on how to deal with mental health crises. The goal: to help vulnerable people access mental health services and avoid an unnecessary detainment by the justice system.

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Veteran Homelessness

By Mary Wiltenburg, Wes Moore & Aaron Henkin

Despite a White House initiative, and major reductions in cities across the nation, veteran homelessness is still a problem in Baltimore. Wes looks at what we might learn from Riverside, California, a city that effectively eliminated veteran homelessness two years ago – and is well on its way to reaching “net zero” homelessness overall.

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Monday October 10, 2016

Legalizing Marijuana

By Mary Wiltenburg, Wes Moore & Aaron Henkin

America's relationship with pot today is a lot like it was with alcohol at the end of Prohibition: Awkward, and enshrined in a patchwork of changing laws that contradict each other. At the federal level, pot is illegal and a major focus of the War on Drugs. At the same time, states and cities across the U.S. are making it legal for medical use, and increasingly, for recreational use as well. Denver did that two years ago, and much has changed in that city as a result. Wes looks at what Baltimore (where the drug is still mostly illegal) can learn from Denver's path to marijuana legalization.

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Friday September 16, 2016

Community Schools

By Wes Moore, Mary Wiltenburg & Aaron Henkin

In the 1990's, Cincinnati's schools were so bad that Ohio's Supreme Court deemed them unconstitutional and demanded a radical overhaul. The city answered the call with a remarkable innovation: They converted the schools into community learning centers, where healthcare, dental care and daycare could all happen in the building, right alongside academics. Wes looks at how community schools changed life in Cincinnati, and how Baltimore has begun to embrace the trend, as well.

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