1. Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America

2. Race and class determine ‘who gets the land’.

This dropbox link should allow you to download and/or print the powerpt presentation from April 1, 2013 public talk at MICA on displacement and resistance in Middle East Baltimore

3. Current activism for fair and equitable development in East Baltimore

BRACE Website:

Fundraising to distribute ‘Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore’ to East Baltimore residents. link

News / Periodicals

1. EBDI has much to answer for                                                                                     Instead of jobs and housing, East Baltimore residents get empty promises and arrested protesters,0,227730.story

2. EBDI investigated – 5-part award-winning series investigating EBDI in The Daily Record –Melody Simmons, Joan Jacobs

DailyR.EBDI series in PDF

3. Gentrification and its effects: Will the local and historic Northeast market in East Baltimore survive the Johns Hopkins redevelopment initiative?

4. Urban renewal and community rebuilding and capitalism in the US

5. The Great East Baltimore Raze-and-Rebuild
After Faltering, a Johns Hopkins-Led Development Project Reorients Around a School

Urban renewal exhibit opening revisits controversial changes  urban renewal’s controversy

Portland neighbors hope hospital improves its Legacy

6. Eminent domain

Takings and Tax Revenue: Fiscal Impacts of Eminent Domain. Carrie B. Kerekes and Dean Stansel

-Eminent domain not to be used for private development or corrupt private:public partnerships

House Judiciary Committee Approves Legislation to Protect Property from Certain Eminent Domain Transfers

Attempted land grab ends with voters booting entire city council

– Eminent domain used by community group?

Eminent Domain and a Horse Slaughterhouse at Wounded Knee?

– Eminent domain used to prevent foreclosure?

Oakland Tribune editorial: Richmond’s mortgage seizure plan not ready for prime time

Fed Raises Eminent Domain Issue – A Curious Choice

-Eminent domain provides ‘public benefit’ through a boutique hotel?

Historic YWCA building to become boutique hotel

-Eminent Domain Attorneys Launch New Resource Website to Help Ohio Landowners Affected by the Bluegrass Pipeline

-Eminent domain in Little Rock, Ark may oust Dillards for other corporation

-Accord may open door for ouster of Sears in Colorado

7. Tax breaks and incentives and  redevelopment in Pennsylvania

TIFs disproportionately benefit white neighborhoods in Chicago redevelopment

Buncher may scale back Strip District project in Pittsburgh                              

8. Reparations, accountability to the public and questions regarding benefit to the public for tax breaks to developers in Iowa, St. Louis and the US

The case for reparations. The Atlantic. May 21, 2014

New oversight requires cities report TIF revenues debts. Desmoines Register


Regardless How They’re Counted, Incentives Do Nothing for Economic Development. The Atlantic Cities. Place Matters

Pirrello: Walmart Ruling Clears Way for Economic Development

9. Poverty and health

Income Inequality in Health at All Ages: A Comparison of the United States and England

10. Our neighborhood affects our health

An African-American or Mexican-American senior living in a community where many neighbors share their background is less likely to have cancer or heart disease than their counterpart in a more mixed neighborhood.                                  

Place Matters

Where you live may decide how soon you die

11. Redevelopment and health: what if we simply rebuilt the neighborhoods and keep people there?

Health outcomes of development, displacement, gentrification in Los Angeles

Physical And Mental Health Boosted By Move To Less Impoverished Neighborhoods

Urban redevelopment and neighborhood health in East Baltimore, Maryland: The role of Institutional and communitarian social capital. Gomez MB, Muntaner C. (2005) J Critical Public Health. 15:83.
critical pub health

“Everything that looks good ain’t good!”: Perspectives on urbanredevelopment among persons with a history of injection drug use inBaltimore, MarylandSabriya L. Lintona,∗, Caitlin E. Kennedyb, Carl A. Latkinc, David D. Celentanoa,Gregory D. Kirka, Shruti H. Mehtaaa S-1. Linton. IJDP 2013

Shifting of drug activity during gentrification: displacement of activities vs addressing causes of activitiesS-1. Linton et al. J Urban Health 2014


Books / Research

American Apartheid: Segregation and the making of the underclass  -Douglas Massey  – Nancy Denton           

Baltimore: The Building of an American City – Sherry H. Olson

Capitalism and Slavery. Eric Williams. 1994. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, London.

The Down Side of Racial Uplift: The Meaning of Gentrification in an African American Neighborhood – Michelle Boyd

Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities. Craig Steven Wilder
amazon link
New York Times link

The Eviction of Critical Perspectives from the Gentrification Research – Tom Slater

Expulsions: Brutality and complexity in the global economy – Saskia Sassen
TruthOut article

Gentrification Loretta Lee, Tom Slater, Elvyn K Wyly

Good Citizens  – Thich Nhat Hanh                                                     

Grieving for a Lost Home: The psychological cost of relocation. Marc Fried. In Urban Renewal: The record and controversy. Ed. James Q. Wilson. 1964. The M.I.T. Press, MA. PDF

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot

The Long Shadow: Family Background, Disadvantaged Urban Youth, and the Transition to Adulthood. Karl L. Alexander, Doris Entwisie, Linda Olson. 2014. Russell Sage Foundation.

Marketing Schools, Marketing Cities: Who Wins and Who Loses When Schools Become Urban Amenities   Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara. 2013. Temple University, PA.

The New Political Economy of Urban Education: Neoliberalism, Race, and the Right to the City
Pauline Lipman link

Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City -Antero Pietila

Pedagogy of the Oppressed  – Paolo Freire>link

A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn          >link

The Politics of Public Housing: Black Women’s Struggles Against Urban Inequality – Rhonda Williams        

The Propaganda Society: Promotional culture and politics in global context. Edited by Gerald Sussman

Public Health and Social Justice Reader -Martin Donohoe                        

Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It  -Mindy Fullilove        

Roots of Justice: Stories of Organizing in Communities of Color-Larry R. Salomon – Kim Klein

Spirit Level: Why Equality is Better for Everyone – Richard G. Wilkinson  -Kate Pickett

Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities – Mindy Thompson Fullilove



1. Campaign to raise funds to get ‘Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore’ into the hands of Middle East Baltimore residents.<a/a>

2. East Baltimore residents and representatives hold Hopkins, Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the city, state and federal government and Forest City Development in partnership with the public-private development entity -EBDI -accountable for unethical redevelopment and discrimination at a city council hearing.


3. History of Johns Hopkins development in East Baltimore

4. Marisela Gomez: Race, Class, Power and Organizing in East Baltimore.

Baltimore Book Festival, Sept 2013

Towson University, Baltimore, October 2013

5. Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street                                                                          Eminent Domain used by the community to rebuild their community in Boston                       

6. Salt of the Earth -Mexican Americans organize against mining company in New Mexico                                                           

7. Unnatural Causes                                                                                                                      Series showing the blatant socio-economic and racial disparities in health and illness

8. Voices from Within: A Displaced Community Speaks Out      Residents in Middle East Baltimore organize against eminent domain, displacement, Johns Hopkins University, EBDI, and foundations


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