Along with the suburbanization and international division of labor, downtown Baltimore has been declining as a center of commerce in Maryland since the beginning of the 20th century. Government-led interventions have intended to stop vicious cycles of the city towards a despairing state, in the context that deconcentration of service jobs seemed irreversible due to the arrival of an "auto-air-amenity epoch." However, in an uncertain time when the city is undergoing restructuring, commercial real estate capital, playing a determinant role in shaping urban landscape, has contributed significantly to the formation of uneven temporal and spatial urban development. This paper finds that the rising of new premier waterfront locations for offices created by high-order capital precipitates the falling of the old Baltimore CBD, and thereby polarizes downtown Baltimore. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
In 2001, the Associated Press published a three-part investigation into the theft of black-owned land stretching back to the antebellum period. "Just be quiet," his father told him. "Because they'll come and kill us all." According to The New York Times, affidavits found loan officers referring to their black customers as "mud people" and to their subprime products as "ghetto loans.
Newly available data from 1990 reveal that despite a decline in public sector housing segregation, the majority of black American public housing residents live in poor, racially isolated neighborhoods and white tenants typically live in less isolated neighborhoods. These patterns were influenced by overall residential segregation and public housing authority characteristics. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article focuses on the establishment of the Jim Rouse Visionary Center at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. It recounts the contribution of developer and philanthropist James Rouse to the urbanization of Maryland. It discusses Rouse's work in urban redevelopment. It elaborates the concept of visionary art.
The revalorization of the U.S. metropolis and restructuring of the U.S. economy are leading to increasingly complex patterns of population growth and decline. In this article we provide an empirical context for understanding the embodied nature of these changes by analyzing the long-term, demographic changes for the 100 largest cities. In terms of population change we identify four model urban types: steady decline, continuous increase, growth interrupted, and slowly resurgent. We consider, in detail, cities where population decline has halted and others where there are indications of population resurgence. The article focuses on these resurgent cities, provides some causal explanations, discusses the role of gentrification, and explores policy implications. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]