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Founded in 1971 and incorporated in 1973 as the Southwest Community Council (SWCC), Citizens of Pigtown (COP) is the neighborhood association representing Pigtown residents and businesses in every effort to build community.  The mission of COP is to provide a platform to share ideas and information, foster relationships, promote activities, and advocate for everyone in our community.

We also work to be the link for youths, seniors, local businesses, developers, as well as new and long time residents.

Information, resources, and community participation is critical for Historic Pigtown to grow and recognize its full potential.  COP's efforts are to combine the coordination between Baltimore City officials and community partners to further advance Pigtown's development.


Diante Edwards

Vice President
Brittany Banks

Shareen Aarons


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Sandy Brennan

Ashley Helsing

Kelleigh Eastman

Glen James

Caroline Lampinen

Casey O'Neill

Steve Corrozi

Raquel Zuniga


Much of the work COP does is organized at the committee level. We currently have three active committees, but you are welcome to create your own. Check our events page to see when we are meeting or email to learn how to participate. All committee meetings are open to the public.

Committees Anchor

Communications and


This committee is primarily responsible for managing social media, the newsletter, and events. We plan events ranging from neighborhood Happy Hours, to holiday celebrations, Movies in the Park, and Greening/Cleaning/Planting events. All are welcome to join this committee to increase programming and awareness of COP.


This committee is focused on strengthening the COP organization, setting COP policies to create a fair and safe environment for all of Pigtown residents to participate.

Outreach and Partnerships

This committee is focused on outreach to other organizations, churches, businesses, and residents in the neighborhoods. We work to increase meaningful engagement between our community association and others living, working and worshiping in Pigtown.

Urban Renewal Plan 
Ad Hoc Committee

This ad hoc committee is currently meeting to discuss updates to Pigtown's Urban Renewal Plan. An Urban Renewal Plan (URP) is a form of overlay zoning that is more restrictive than the city’s normal zoning code. Urban Renewal Plans include land use restrictions and design guidelines and some Urban Renewal Plans also include acquisition and disposition authority. 

The URP Committee is working together to review the Pigtown URP in order to bring it in line with Baltimore City's latest zoning code updates. The committee will also use this opportunity to identify tools, strategies, and design-restrictions that can be incorporated into the URP in an effort to help preserve and improve the character of historic Pigtown. If you are interested in getting involved in this exciting effort, please contact

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