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Book on a Baltimore Hopkins Redevelopment

The leader of the Save Middle East Action Committee has written a book. She led an organization that opposed the East Baltimore Redevelopment Project changing the housing pattern near Johns Hopkins. This offers an on-site review, potentially skewed by the views of the writer, but at least by someone who has gone through the experience.

http://www.baltimorebrew.com/2013/02/19/book-on-hopkins-redevelopment-by-a-leader-of-the-opposition/

he plan by the entity they created, East Baltimore Development Inc. [EBDI], promised to lift up East Baltimore through the creation of a new residential neighborhood and a biotech park that would foster jobs, as well as medical breakthroughs by Hopkins researchers. It was also one of the country’s most ambitious efforts to seize private property through eminent domain. But neither the city nor Hopkins invited residents to participate in the decision to demolish the community.

In fact, many of them learned about it in The Sun in January 2001.

David vs. Goliath

Now comes a book aiming to set the historic record straight about SMEAC’s struggle to represent those forced to leave and to give the low-income, African American residents of Middle East a say in their future: to make sure they received enough money to buy or rent new homes, to ensure the messy demolition did not endanger their health and to find a way to let some stay in the newly built community.

 

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