"An open city is a place where everyone feels welcome, regardless of such things as wealth, race, age, or religion. In every neighborhood of an open city, one feels like he or she belongs. However in Baltimore—as in most American metropolitan areas—issues like housing discrimination, bad public transportation, and the privatization of public space separate people, and create an uneven distribution of health, wealth, and education.
For the exhibition Baltimore: Open City, students of Maryland Institute College of Art’s Exhibition Development Seminar invited scholars, activists, community-based organizations, local artists, and visiting artist Damon Rich to create a series of installations, workshops, and other public programs that investigate the ways in which Baltimore is and is not an open city. We welcome our neighbors to join us in exploring what a more open city might look and feel like."
|General photo of the whole event.|
|Visual representation of foreclosures in the city. Shown by neighborhood. We are in the 138-191 range.|
|Wall of things for the taking! I collected postcards as a kid, so this was right up my alley,|
|Images of how unwelcoming fortress-like building facades can be to a pedestrian. Providing nothing of interest.|
|Baltimore time line.|
|Baltimore time line color legend.|
|Topographical representation of local cities' access to quality services. The taller the stacks, the more accessible it is to residents. The harbor is that gaping hole in the middle.|
|A puzzle made up of Baltimore's 270+ neighborhoods.|
|Lounge spot with padded milk crate seating.|
Why do I keep posting about urban planning? Because it's something that affects Pigotwn. And the more you know, the more ideas we all get about what we can do to make it a better, and more welcoming, neighborhood. Knowledge is power. Empower yourself!