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Is Baltimore City Planning To Redevelop Perkins Homes?

perkinsJuly 7, 2015 – Segment 2

Our panel of guests discusses the controversy around the plans for redevelopment of Perkins Homes housing project. Joining us to discuss these plans will be: Dr. Lawrence Brown, public health consultant and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University; Jessica Lewis, housing organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance; Ed Ericson, Jr., staff writer for Baltimore City Paper; and Peter Angle, Deputy Commissioner of Project Finance and Development for Baltimore.


Roland Park: One Of America’s First Garden Suburbs, And Built For Whites Only

Roland Park in BaltimoreFebruary 19, 2015 – Segment 3

Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health in the School of Community Health and Policy at Morgan State University, sits in for Marc.

We look at a piece of Baltimore’s history as a segregated city as we examine the Roland Park neighborhood. Our guest is Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, who wrote an article in the Fall 2014 issue of Johns Hopkins Magazine, Roland Park: one of America’s first garden suburbs, and built for whites only. Dickinson has written about architecture, design, and urbanism for national publications for nearly 20 years. Her articles and essays have been published in The New York TimesThe New York Times Magazine, and The Atlantic Magazine’s CityLab, among manyothers. She is a contributing editor with Architect magazine, teaches writing at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and was the former editor of Urbanite magazine in Baltimore.


Baltimore Town Hall: City Funding, Bond Issues & Which Institutions Are Supported Financially

housingDecember 15, 2014 – Segment 2

We discuss an important community event that’s taking place Tuesday, hosted by the Baltimore Community & Business Alliance: a Town Hall Meeting on City Funding, School Funding, Body Cameras and Police Accountability, and other issues. Our panel of guests includes: Lou Fields, Founder & CEO of Black Dollar Exchange and Host of the BDX Business Online Talk Show; community activist Kim Trueheart; Dr. Joanne Martin, co-Founder, President, and CEO of Baltimore’s Great Blacks in Wax Museum; and Kristerfer Burnett, Neighborhood Organizer for Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.

The Town Hall Meeting will take place from 6-9pm on Tuesday, December 16, at the Arena Players, 801 McCulloh Street in Baltimore.


Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?

Can Homeless People Move Into Baltimore's Abandoned Houses?October 24, 2014 – Segment 3

We ask the question, based on an article in this week’s Atlantic magazine: “Can Homeless People Move into Baltimore’s Abandoned Houses?” With Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Tony Simmons of Word on the Street newspaper and Housing Our Neighbors; and Rachel Kutler, of the United Workers.

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Update on RAD and the Struggle for Public Housing

RADMay 22, 2014 – Segment 2

We have an update on the RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) program to privatize public housing in Baltimore, and residents’ fight to challenge it. We’re joined by: Jeff Singer, Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer with Right to Housing Alliance; Anthony Coates, President of AFSCME Local 467; Paul T. Wallace, Local Vice President Of AFSCME Local 647; and Sharon Jones, Resident Of Bel Park Tower.

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U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development on the Future of Public Housing

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)March 28, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our discussion on the privatization of public housing in Baltimore, in particular the Rental Assistance Distribution (RAD) program which is a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with Carol B. Payne, Baltimore Field Office Director for HUD.

 

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Vacant Houses In East Baltimore

vacantMarch 27, 2014 – Segment 2

We continue our coverage on housing in Baltimore City. Our guests include: Rachel Kutler, an advocate with the organization Housing Our Neighbors; and Dr. Lawrence Brown, activist, public health consultant, and Assistant Professor of Public Health at Morgan State University. Our guests will be participating in a March on Housing this Saturday, March 29, to speak out against vacant houses on Baltimore’s East Side and the negative impact they have in the community.

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Public Housing And The J. Van Story Branch Building

storyMarch 14, 2014 – Segment 2

In our continuing coverage of the privatization of public housing in Baltimore, we talk to Floyd Vines, resident of the J. Van Story Branch Senior Building in Station North, and Jeff Singer, housing activist and Founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless.


Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

Homeless Persons Memorial Day in BaltimoreDecember 19, 2013 – Segment 2

This Saturday, December 21, is National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, when we remember and honor those who died without a secure place to live. Ceremonies will be held nationwide. In Baltimore, there will be a ceremony on Saturday at 5:00 at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. We talk about homelessness and read the names of our homeless brothers and sisters who passed away this year in Baltimore. Joining us are: Kevin Lindamood, President & CEO of Health Care for the HomelessLin Romano, COO of Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO); the Rev. Dennis Dorsch of Baltimore United Congregations; and Tony Simmons of Word on the Street and Housing Our Neighbors.

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The Color Line: Living On A Diverse Baltimore Block

EastBaltimoreStNovember 26, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss what it means to live on a diverse block in a city that’s still very divided along racial lines, as we follow-up on an article that Joan Jacobson wrote in the Urbanite magazine “The Color Line,” and talk with residents who have made their homes on a diverse block on East Baltimore Street in the Patterson Park neighborhood. Our guests include: Adam Stab, an artist, and a resident of East Baltimore Street since his adolescence; and Ed Rutkowski, Executive Director of the Patterson Park Public Charter School and co-founder of the Patterson Park Community Development Corporation.

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The Future of the National Housing Trust Fund

Broadway HomesSeptember 13, 2013 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a preview of an event on Monday, September 16, at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, on the future of the National Housing Trust Fund, sponsored by the Homeless Persons Representation Project and the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings.

Our show guests will be: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless and Instructor at University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Antonia Fasanelli, Executive Director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.

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Housing Advocates On Inclusionary Housing

Housing BaltimoreSeptember 11, 2013 – Segment 2

We host a roundtable with housing rights advocates around the question of inclusionary housing, also known as inclusionary zoning, a term referring to planning ordinances that require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes. We are joined by: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.; and Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance. 

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Urban Artillery: Wall Hunters Takes On The Slumlords Crippling Baltimore Neighborhoods

Wall HuntersSeptember 6, 2013 – Segment 2

We hear from City Paper senior editor Baynard Woods about this week’s feature story, “Urban Artillery: Wall Hunters takes on the slumlords crippling Baltimore neighborhoods.”

Carol Ott, Pigtown resident who started the blogs Baltimore City Slumlord Watch and Housing Policy Watch; and street artist Nether talk about their new project that’s publicly shaming landlords that neglect their properties in Baltimore.

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Banks, Big Money, And The Future Of Cities

RichmondAugust 21, 2013 – Hour 1

We shine a spotlight on three different cities to explore a common theme in cities across the country — banks, big money, and the future of cities. We look at Baltimore, Detroit and Richmond, CA, with a roundtable of guests, including:

  • Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless;
  • Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University and Center for Emerging Media Scholar in Residence;
  • and Dr. Steven Isberg, Associate Professor of Finance in the Merrick School of Business at the University of Baltimore.

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Housing Advocates On Inclusionary Housing

Housing BaltimoreAugust 7, 2013 – Segment 1

We host a roundtable with housing rights advocates around the question of inclusionary housing, also known as inclusionary zoning, a term referring to planning ordinances that require a given share of new construction to be affordable by people with low to moderate incomes. We are joined by: Jeff Singer, founder and former Executive Director of Health Care for the Homeless; Peter Sabonis, Human Right to Work with Dignity Program Co-Director for the National Economic & Social Rights Initiative; Mel Freeman, Executive Director of the Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc.; and Jessica Lewis, Housing Organizer at the Right to Housing Alliance. 

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Gentrification And Displacement In Baltimore

HighlandtownJuly 22, 2013 – Segment 2

The number of households relocated from the Middle East neighborhood of East Baltimore because of the 1.8 billion dollar, 88 acre redevelopment project run by EBDI [East Baltimore Development, Inc], is inconsistent across sources. The website for EBDI states 584 families have been relocated to “healthier neighborhoods” since the non-profit organization’s founding in 2003. The website does not seem to have any data more recent than 2010. The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a partner in the project, states that as of December 2010, 700 families have been relocated. The Community Housing and Relocation Work Group [CHRWG], which was established after the Save Middle East Action Committee [SMEAC] disbanded, states that more than 700 families have been displaced in the past decade.

Dr. Lawrence Brown, Assistant Professor of public health at Morgan State University and supporter of CHRWG, asserts that this displacement of the East Baltimore residents, whatever the number, is an American apartheid. Brown defines this as a government supported and enforced systematic segregation, displacement and land dispossession of a group of people. These actions advantage one group while disadvantaging another. Displacement disrupts a culture and cultural legacy. Residents are removed from their homes, their neighbors, and the community they know. It is an abuse of eminent domain.

Social activist Jude Lombardi wants entire communities, not just the affected individuals, to recognize this as gentrification and displacement and to participate in the fight against it. One suggestion by Lombardi, who is involved with the Gentrification (k)NOT Project in Station North, is to claim historical preservation of a neighborhood, such as Middle East. She encourages organization and participation by all; not just the people and community directly affected but everyone in the area. Whole participation can only be done when all who live in the area recognize that the displacement of one group does have a negative impact on the area as a whole. Lombardi encourages us to remember that we are a community. It is not just about a collective few, but an overall us. It is the we that can change this.

From the Discussion

Gentrification and Apartheid

This redevelopment that involves eminent domain and displacement is a continuation of [urban removal]. And I think in order for us to combat it, we need to understand this history, we need to understand the totality of it, so we can apply solutions that will actually fit the problem. And the problem is much more massive than I think we’ve ever really understood. It is always involved for black people and poor people in this country.” -Dr. Lawrence Brown

All of these processes and policies that contributed to pushing people out to certain areas or containing people to certain areas is all a part of this legacy of American apartheid.” -Dr. Lawrence Brown

Revitalization without Gentrification

It’s not uncommon for one of the techniques to be to bring in artists to improve a neighborhood…Bring the artists in to make it better.” -Jude Lombardi

We need to co-create a common vision, we need to articulate our desires, create networks for generating a society that we desire as a group; not just some of us but we.” -Jude Lombardi


Clearing Baltimore Vacants To Make Way For Community Gardens

Baltimore vacantsJuly 18, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss reports that indicate the City’s plan to demolish blocks of majority-vacant housing around the city, relocate the few residents living on those blocks, and construct community gardens in their place. We talk to a panel of experts about what this means for the future of Baltimore, including:

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Clearing Baltimore Vacants To Make Way For Community Gardens

Clearing vacant housing in Baltimore to make way for community gardensMay 28, 2013 – Hour 1

We discuss reports this week that indicated the City’s plan to demolish blocks of majority-vacant housing around the city, relocate the few residents living on those blocks, and construct community gardens in their place. We talk to a panel of experts about what this means for the future of Baltimore, including:


Camp 83: Voices Of The Eviction

Camp83 Evicted Jones Falls Expressway I-83March 8, 2013 – Web Exclusive

We have been covering the homeless encampment of people living under the Jones Falls Expressway near Madison and Fallsway right by the prison complex for the last several weeks. The city said they were going dismantle the site today, Friday March 8th, but before they could a regular citizen found the residents living there housing – temporary, good housing – that the City could not find them.

What was left of their encampment the City bulldozed today. They were met by advocates and the homeless to bear witness and to make sure their belongings were not destroyed. Producers Stefanie Mavronis and Mark Gunnery were there to tape, shoot, and tell their stories.

We will be covering more of what happened this morning on our show Monday and in the coming weeks to hear what has happened to these people, what the City is doing to find housing for the homeless and affordable housing for the 40,000 low income people who are housing insecure, and find out why the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness was changed.

But now, the story of today’s dismantling of Camp 83 in the words of advocates and the homeless. Tune in Monday for more of our coverage.

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To see all of our pictures from this morning’s clearing of Camp 83 and pictures from when we visited the campers last week, take a look at our Flickr feed.

Our previous coverage of Camp 83:

2/28: Camp 83 To Be Cleared
3/04: Councilwoman Clarke’s Resolution To Stall Eviction and Jeff Singer’s Commentary

 


Models For Equitable & Sustainable Urban Development

Baltimore - Housing and Economic DevelopmentMarch 5, 2013 – Segment 4

A panel of equitable development experts joins us in time for this weekend’s symposium exploring models for equitable and sustainable urban development, taking place Saturday from 9am-4pm at Sojourner-Douglass College. Joining us are:

  • Dr. Marisela Gomez, author of Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America;
  • Dr. Rhonda Williams, author of The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles against Urban Inequality and Executive Director of Case Western Reserve University’s Social Justice Institute;
  • Roque Barros, Director of Community Building at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in San Diego, CA;
  • and Gus Newport, former mayor (1979-1986) of Berkeley, CA.