DATE: Saturday, November 2, 2019 | TIME: 2:00 PM | VENUE: Inspire Stage – Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center
Strong City Baltimore Presents: Investment, Disinvestment and Neighborhood Change in Baltimore
Saturday, November 2, 2019
Inspire Stage – Top of the World Observation Level, World Trade Center
401 E Pratt St, 27th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202, USA
Two people looking at the same transitioning community can see completely different things: positive neighborhood development or harmful gentrification. Strong City Baltimore was founded 50 years ago, largely in response to rapid change marked by white and then black middle-class people fleeing Baltimore after the 1968 civil unrest. Our stated goal was keeping neighborhoods strong and stable. Did we succeed in that? How do communities define stability, and how do residents view neighborhood change? The life cycle of neighborhoods is marked by frequent change as populations move in and out and levels of investment fluctuate. In Baltimore, these patterns have often been influenced by racist laws and attitudes. If change is inevitable, how can that change be shaped in ways that benefit residents and don’t displace them? And what are neighborhoods doing for themselves?