According to SMEAC director Nathan Soy, the fight is far from over, and residents will be setting up a picket at the EBDI offices on a regular basis until construction begins and the funding of “House for a House” is properly handled.
Amidst the mega-gentrification of cities in the U.S. and around the world, community leaders are frantically searching for ways to put the brakes on development projects that don’t consider the needs of existing residents. Community land trusts may be a step in the right direction. A land trust is an agreement in which one party holds the ownership of a piece of land for the benefit of the other.
The state of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries is crucial to the well being of both our local ecosystem and public health, yet polluters dump about 240 million pounds of toxins into our waterways each year. The long-term effects on human health and the environment could be disastrous. Thirty five years after the Clean Water Act became law, this American News Project report explores why our fish are changing sex and our water contains rocket fuel, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals.
Ashley Milburn is a 2007 Open Society Institute Community Fellow. His work around the Highway to Nowhere began in 2007 while he was a student in the Masters of Community Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art. With the assistance of the West Baltimore Coalition (WBC), he helped establish the first West Baltimore Committee on Arts & Culture as an extension of the WBC.