Reviews / Interviews

Maryland Morning with Sheilah Kast, WYPR, 88.1 FM

February 2014

The Real News Network

January 2014

“Living in Baltimore’ radio show

6:00 AM, WCAO-AM – Heaven-600 Radio”>”radio interview website” or
direct link

August 3, 2013


“Baltimore Fair Housing News”

Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) May-June, 2013 / Vol. 19, No. 3:
Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America. Interesting, critical analysis and history of east Baltimore’s Middle East neighborhood and institutions like Johns Hopkins Hospital/EBDI. The author emphasizes the importance of community organizing to make certain that essential resident and neighborhood interests are considered seriously. She identifies racial, economic, and political power inequalities as powerful factors. Includes an illuminating history of East Baltimore community development, as well as some examples of possible positive community models.

June 2013


Choice magazine (Current Review for Academic Libraries)

Gomez, Marisela B. Race, class, power, and organizing in East Baltimore: rebuilding abandoned communities in America. Lexington Books, 2013. 271p bibl index afp; ISBN 9780739175002, $80.00; ISBN 9780739175019 e-book, $79.99. Reviewed in 2013jun CHOICE. This book is a compelling example of community research that is sensitive to the intricate ways in which power is exercised. Focusing on efforts to redevelop East Baltimore, the author examines the complicated intersection of the African American community with the power brokers from city government, Johns Hopkins University, and philanthropic foundations. Activist and physician Gomez does a masterful job of telling the story of a neighborhood in trouble and its confrontation with the various parts of the urban growth machine. Middle East Baltimore becomes the site of a struggle between Johns Hopkins and the community over the expansion of the Johns Hopkins medical complex and the proposed development of a biotech research park by the university. Gomez’s focus is on attempts of the East Baltimore community to organize resistance to the “negro removal” planned by Johns Hopkins. The author demonstrates how powerful actors can promote their plans and thwart the efforts of citizens to rebuild their community in a way that works for them. This is a carefully researched account of all the actors in this struggle. In the final chapters, the author demonstrates that other communities have confronted these issues in more humane, transparent, and democratic ways. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries. — P. Seybold, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

June 2013


Interview on Baltimore 88.9 FM  The Marc Steiner Show

Recorded February 26 2013; aired March 28 2013



Interview on Baltimore 88.9 FM  The Marc Steiner Show

‘Symposium on Equitable and Sustainable Development: a Path Forward’ with Roque Barrios, Gus Newport, Rhonda Williams.

March 5, 2013


Interview on Baltimore 1590 AM ‘State of the City’ with Brother Daren Muhammad

Discussion the Symposium on ‘Equitable and Sustainable Development: a Path Forward’ and the book ‘Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore: Rebuilding Abandoned Communities in America’

March 5, 2013



Book on Hopkins redevelopment by a leader of the opposition

Marisela Gomez describes group’s attempt to defend a community facing demolition and dislocation

Joan Jacobson

February 19, 2013



An Interview with Marisela Gomez: The Importance of Listening and Community Involvement in Rebuilding Cities

Casey McKeel

After the release of her new book, Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore, Casey McKeel sat down for an interview with Marisela Gomez to talk about displacement and dispossesion in Middle East Baltimore due to the Johns Hopkins/EBDI expansion. Gomez speaks about the importance of listening in activism; she cites examples where development and rebuilding have successfully been achieved with participation from the community, as well as shares lessons learned.

Indypendent Reader – Interview with Marisela Gomez-importance of listening and community involvement -2013-01-28

January 28  2013



Memory Against Forgetting: Marisela Gomez’s book illuminates the history of the fight against displacement and dispossession in East Baltimore

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Hear a compelling conversation with East Baltimore community members and activists, about the joint development project between Johns Hopkins Hospital and East Baltimore Development, Inc.(EBDI), that has been encroaching upon their neighborhood for the past decade. They will talk about what this project means for their lives and their community.

October 3  2012


“I interviewed Marisela B. Gomez for my Baltimore Magazine article, ‘The Outer Harbor,’ in early 2006, when she was Director of SMEAC. She impressed me then as a bright and passionate young woman, a rare combination of academic preparation and street smarts. Those qualities shine through in her book.”— Harold McDougall, Howard University



“Marisela Gomez has written an extraordinary book about the confrontation between the fragile and distressed Middle East neighborhood of Baltimore and the city’s most powerful institutions, including the closest neighborhood, Johns Hopkins Medical. Her clear and calm voice guides us through a distressing story of exclusion and expulsion, using the exploration of the harms that process did to help us find a better way to revitalize all American neighborhoods. This book is must reading for everyone concerned with the American city, community development, health and health care, medicine and public health. Five stars!” — Mindy Thompson Fullilove, Columbia University



“Avidly exposing the present and ongoing consequences of race, economic, and institutional power inequities that still strangle a historically marginalized urban community, Gomez’s book is a powerfully sobering reminder of the absolute necessity for residents to organize, sustain their own bases of power, and exert their collective vision for the rebuilding of their communities.” — Rhonda Y. Williams, Social Justice Institute at Case Western Reserve University