The Code of Respect is a set of guidelines that aims to sustain a positive vibe, a sense of safety, and a feeling of trust between everyone in the Inner Harbor. They are posted in strategic places to ensure that everyone has the same idea of what respect looks like.
Why We Made It:
After its founding in 2012, the Inner Harbor Project’s youth leaders spent four years researching and analyzing the origin of tension in the Inner Harbor. During that time, many themes emerged, but one word kept coming up over and over: respect. Teenagers, police officers, merchants and visitors all emphasized that tension arises in the Inner Harbor because conceptions of respect differ.
The Code of Respect was our response to this lack of a community vision. Completed in 2015, the Code of Respect is a set of guidelines that aims to sustain a positive vibe, a sense of safety, and a feeling of trust between everyone who spends time in the Inner Harbor.
Our Respect Starts in the Heart campaign brought the Code of Respect into the public eye. Following the Uprising of April 2015, the national lens remains on Baltimore. In this moment, we can change the narrative about what our city is and can be. Baltimore can be a model, exemplifying the profound transformation that can occur when respect becomes the basis of all the interactions we have in all the spaces we share.
The Code of Respect can be found throughout the Inner Harbor on a set of installations created by Ashton Design. Our hearts are located in the Harborplace Pavilion, at the footbridge near Pier 5, and next to the Science Center. By posting the Code in these strategic places, we ensure that everyone can have the same idea of what respect looks like.