The 21st Century Cities (21CC) Initiative at Johns Hopkins is a university-wide Signature Initiative that brings together civic leaders, top Johns Hopkins researchers, students, and other universities worldwide with a vital interest in cities. Our goal is to catalyze the potential and confront the pressing needs of cities in the 21st Century, like Baltimore, that have had to address sharp demographic and economic changes. 21CC is, at heart, a knowledge-creation enterprise that sparks and nurtures a different kind of knowledge creation – one that is both deeply cross-disciplinary and vitally engaged with cities and their civic leadership. 21CC builds on the expertise of over 150 scholars drawn from eight Johns Hopkins Schools: Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Carey Business School, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Peabody Institute, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Advanced International Studies, and the Whiting School of Engineering.

The initiative builds on and supports Baltimore’s legacy of resilience and transformation. It embraces a broad cohort of sister cities from the U.S. and across the globe that face or have faced similar opportunities and challenges. It brings the most talented urban scholars in the nation together with civic leaders from Baltimore and elsewhere to identify and test promising approaches to urban challenges. Cross-disciplinary research, engagement with Baltimore and other revitalizing metropolitan areas, and on-the-ground initiatives to improve the well-being and life chances of all citizens of the 21st Century City are hallmarks of this initiative.