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Race, class, power, and organizing in East Baltimore : rebuilding abandoned communities in America

Author: Marisela B Gomez
Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books, [2013] ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book examines the historical and current practices of rebuilding abandoned and disinvested communities in America. Using a community in East Baltimore as an example, Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore shows how the social structure of race and class segregation of the past contributed in the creation of our present day urban poor and low-income communities of color; and continue to affect the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marisela B Gomez
ISBN: 9780739175002 0739175009 9781498511612 1498511619 9780739175019 0739175017
OCLC Number: 809989012
Description: xv, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Racial and class oppression and a century of building and rebuilding East Baltimore --
Race separation in historic East Baltimore: yesterday and today --
East Baltimore's community rebuilding history: abandonment and displacement --
Organized communities and resistance in East Baltimore's past and present --
pt. 2. Race, class, power and organizing in present-day East Baltimore --
The first 10 years of rebuilding Middle East Baltimore: the struggle for inclusion and justice for all --
Who the stakeholders are in rebuilding Middle East Baltimore --
Displacement and disbanding of a movement for community participation: why, how, and afterward --
pt. 3. The future of East Baltimore: race, class, power and organizing as causes and consequences in rebuilding abandoned communities --
Who benefits and suffers from rebuilding abandoned communities? --
Rebuilding communities across the United States and abroad: what can East Baltimore do better? --
Poverty of health --
The next 10 year: moving toward equity or the same ole experiment?
Responsibility: Marisela B. Gomez.

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This book examines the historical and current practices of rebuilding abandoned and disinvested communities in America. Using a community in East Baltimore as an example, Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore shows how the social structure of race and class segregation of the past contributed in the creation of our present day urban poor and low-income communities of color; and continue to affect the way we rebuild these communities today. Specific to East Baltimore is the presence of a powerful and prestigious medical complex which has directly and indirectly affected the abandonment and rebuilding of East Baltimore. While it has grown in power and land over the past 100 years, the neighborhoods around it have decreased in size and capital, widening the gap between the rich and the poor. The author offers a critical analysis of the relationships between powerful private institutions like the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and government and their intention in rebuilding urban communities by asking the question ?How do we determine equity in benefit?? Focusing on a current rebuilding project using eminent domain to displace historical African-American communities, and the acquiring of land for private development, this book details the role of community organizing in challenging these types of non-community participatory rebuilding processes, resulting in the gentrification of urban neighborhoods. The detailed analysis of the community organizing process when families are displaced offers similarly affected communities a tool box for challenging current developers and government in unfair rebuilding practices. The context of these practices highlights the current laws and policies that contribute to continued displacement and disadvantage to poor communities without addressing the rhetoric of the intention of government-subsidized private development. This book examines the effect of such non-participatory and non-transparent rebuilding practices on the health of the people and place.

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