Reflecting Development

So honestly I don’t know what the title of the project should be. I was thinking a lot about it and to me it seems like it would be appropriate if the title reflected the fact that Hollins is potentially on the precipice of significant changes.

We talked about Warhorse and how Scott Plank has bought a lot of the real estate in the area. It seems like there are serious moves underway (behind the scenes and not) to remake the market/potentially gentrify it. However I was also thinking about how the guy at Black Cherry Puppets was telling us how he’s seen several developers come and go in the neighborhood and none of them were up to the task of “remaking” it, whatever that means; for better or worse.

I don’t know much about Warhorse or how serious their approach is but I do think it would be worth drawing attention to the fact that Hollins is changing and that part of what we are doing is bearing witness to both the present and the past in order to help locals guide the future. I don’t know the degree to which the locals perceive the neighborhood to be threatened by gentrification? As someone who has been in the city longer than me said to me once “Baltimore in general is kind of gentrification proof”. Like I said, this leaves me no concrete ideas for a name really, but I think we will come up with one if we can really buckle down on the precise vision for what we are hoping to accomplish.

Another thought that came to my head, probably because I have been writing on the dubious nature of integration in the suburbs all week, was the Hollins and Sowebo generally maintain a relatively high percentage and image of “integration”. Of course thats a tricky term because its impossible to quantify what it actually means. However, it’s extremely apparent in Hollins that there are families and people, both white and black, who have been in the market for a long time. It’s hard to find that elsewhere in the city as it’s almost always one way or the other.

I don’t know if it makes sense to draw attention to that somehow through our project, or reflect it in the name. Honestly it probably makes more sense to not even touch it and sort of let that reality exist as an unspoken reason for what makes the Market neighborhood worth preserving.

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