Sunday, July 20, 2008
The End of White Flight will continue to have major impacts on how cities are viewed and planned as the shift of whites moving toward cities and blacks moving to the suburbs will significantly change the spatial dynamics of cities. Old cultural traditions will end and be furiously fought for and new ones will arise in unfamiliar places.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The Baltimore Sun reports that the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is seeking to sell it's downtown campus to developers for revenue for additional space elsewhere. The possible development of this site would have a major impact not only on the continuing redevelopment of Baltimore but on public education itself. The selling of University land for prime real estate is starting to become a national trend. The University of South Carolina recently announced that it is constructing two condo buildings with unit prices that range between $750K and 1.5M and the University of Pennsylvania is helping to redevelop a Philadelphia riverfront with a development price tag well over $1 Billion dollars.
Back to Baltimore, while allowing 2.2 acre campus site to possibly redevelop would bring more night time and weekend activity to the area it can not be understated that the popular campus itself brought a lot of students to the area as well. A major concern for the BCCC or for any city community college would be location for all it's residents and students. Preferably one would like to have a community college near downtown or within close proximity, tucking a the location of the campus to East Baltimore as BCCC is proposing to, really isn't accomplishing that goal.
Hopefully, the new location of the campus will be placed near a proposed Red Line metro stop giving all students a chance to get to the campus using major transit. As many Baltimore transit riders will tell you, commuting from east to west and vice versa on transit is a horrible and long commute. As for the redevelopment of the site, one hopes that a developer will propose something that will positively connect Power Plant Live with the new development along Pratt Street and the existing development along the Harbor.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Whitby Harbor by Moonlight
Liverpool from Wapping
Baiting the Lines
St. Paul's Cathedral
Blackmon Street London
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I know things have gotten bad for the U.S. car capital but as a nation how do we allow a major city to fall into rumble like a not so ancient Roman ruin? While I'm glad they are using the land for something more prodcutive, I hope before they create anymore farms, that not one more development is planned on the fringes of the Deroit Metropolitan area and that infill development within city or at leat within it's beltway will be mandatory.
An Excerpt from the article:
...The idea is very simple: turn wasteland into free vegetable gardens and feed the poor people who live nearby.
...Providing free food on the doorstep brings people together and spreads collective wisdom, according to local city hall manager Gail Carr.
"Fresh fruits and vegetables are something that we all need. And we really, really need to educate our children in that area.
"If we don't, we're going to have a lost generation to many diseases such as diabetes," she said."
Click here for the entire BBC article.
Hard Times at Douglass High: A report card on the no child left behind Act, was a pretty hard hitting look at the state (of emergency) of Americn inner-city schools.
There were a number of challenging aspects of the documentary raning from the social promotion of students who were 4-5 grade levels behind, to teachers who were being evaluated on the performance of students who were clearly ill prepared ofr their current grade levels, the shocking high percentage of non-certified teachers and the overall lack of resources.
I hope everyone gets a chance to see this documentary, whether it's on HBO, Netflix or renting the movie. This is an important documentary to watch not just for the sake of Baltimore City's future but for most of American's inner-city schools. Presently that future looks bleak, inner city students who do graduate are coming into the work world ill-prepared and as stated in a previous post on this blog, many of the students do not even make it to graduation. If we as a society do not act to correct this problem soon, planners will soon be planning cities for a permanant underclass that will be isolated from the mainstream.