The Charles Village Civic Association was chartered in 1945 as the University Heights Improvement Association to promote business, property improvement, and single family residency in the neighborhood. The name change came in 1969 to coincide with the neighborhood’s rebirth as Charles Village. Over the years, the CVCA has forged constructive partnerships with city and state official, Johns Hopkins University, and the Baltimore City Police (Northern District). Recent CVCA work has included:
- Safety: weekly crime reports, active neighborhood Walkers, police regularly visit CVCA meetings for Q & A, the CVCA wins grants to improve neighborhood safety.
- Traffic Control: the CVCA lobbies for and obtains traffic calming and controls for safer streets.
- Land Use: the CVCA monitors and negotiates for the best development and zoning in the neighborhood.
- Beautification: CVCA volunteers plants trees and flowers, obtains trash receptacles, and cleans sidewalks and alleys.
- Special Events: the CVCA sponsors several events every year, including the Charles Village Festival and the Snowflake Tour of Charles Village Homes. See Events for details.
- The Charles Villager: published 5 times year, including a special festival issue; all issues are distributed to Charles Village residents. See the Villager Archive for past issues.
For more information visit the Charles Village Civic Association website.