New TU group tours Baltimore City Hall
Members of Towson’s Metropolitan and Urban Design Group received a tour of the Baltimore City Hall and met City Council President Jack Young on Aug. 19.
The group’s president Andrew Gray, a senior, said that the trip was a great experience.
“We got to see the interworkings of the city and how it’s urban planning and development work,” Gray said.
A student-run organization formed last May, the Metropolitan and Urban Design Group allows students interested in urban design and architecture to discuss issues and create ideas with other students to improve the community. The group currently has seven members.
Gray said the tour was really just for fun but it also gave him more of an understanding of the city and how it operates than he had before.
The group had a brief exchange with Jack Young during the tour.
“He was just passing by in the halls and talked to us for a bit,” Gray said.
He said the most memorable moment of the tour for him was their group photo in a blurb on the City Council newsletter announcing their tour.
“It’s something I’ll never forget,” Gray said.
Vice president of the group Martin Ndegwa, a graduate student, said he thought the trip was really informative.
“It was really important for us because it helped us come up with new ideas for where we want to take the organization and how to implement those ideas,” he said.
The tour was provided by Liam Davis, a Towson graduate and community liaison for Jack Young.
Davis invited them to come back for another tour but Ndegwa said the group needed more members before they could take him up on his offer.
Gray said that over the next couple of weeks they will have several meetings to discuss the Towson area and that they are open to any students interested.
The group is planning to meet with Carroll County’s Director of the Department of Land Use, Planning and Development Philip Hager in September.