July 24, 2017

Undesign the Redline Exhibit Examines Legacy of Discrimination

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Attendees at Undesign the Redline in Baltimore

Earlier this month Enterprise wrapped up a five-week run of the compelling Undesign the Redline exhibit in Baltimore. More than 800 people visited at two locations in Baltimore: the Impact Hub Baltimore and Gallery CA, the ground floor gallery space of City Arts Apartments, which was partially funded through Enterprise-syndicated Housing Credits.

In partnership with Designing the WE, we provided over 20 guided tours to the following entities:

  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Baltimore Housing
  • Baltimore Housing Roundtable
  • Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Human Services
  • Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership
  • Belair Edison Neighborhood Inc.
  • Enterprise Community Partners Racial Equity committee
  • Enterprise Homes
  • Greenmount West Neighborhood Association
  • Healthcare for the Homeless
  • Homes for America
  • Johns Hopkins program for Talented Youth
  • Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC)
  • Maryland Commission for Civil Rights
  • University of Baltimore real estate graduate students
  • University of Baltimore School of Business & Public Policy leadership
  • Wells Fargo Foundation & Bank
  • And numerous other Baltimore area residents, practitioners and partners.

We also hosted four community events and forums:

  1. Our opening reception at the Impact Hub attracted nearly 90 people and included welcome remarks by Dr. Lawrence Brown from Morgan State University's School of Community Health and Policy. Dr. Brown has examined the impact residential displacement and financial disinvestment has on community health.
  2. The monthly meeting for the Baltimore Housing Roundtable -- a grassroots coalition that is leading advocacy in support of the creation and sustainability of Community Land Trusts throughout Baltimore, as well as the deconstruction of vacant buildings to support more local jobs.
  3. When we moved to Gallery CA, we hosted a conversation on the intersection of housing, health and education and how historical redlining impacts our communities today. It featured a prestigious panel: Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises, CEO, Baltimore City Public Schools; Johnette Richardson, executive director, Belair-Edison Neighborhoods, Inc.; Thibault Manekin, partner, Seawall Development; Dr. Samuel Ross, CEO, Bon Secours Baltimore Health System and executive vice president, Bon Secours Health System, Inc.; Wendi Redfern-Curtis, acting deputy commissioner for land resources, Baltimore Housing; April De Simone, co-founder, Designing the WE; and David Bowers, VP & market leader, Enterprise Community Partners.
  4. Finally, on Saturday, July 8, we hosted a closing reception & reflections session, when nearly 40 local residents joined Enterprise and Designing the WE to share stories and reflections on how the exhibit impacted them and what they recommend as next steps.

The exhibit was featured in several local media outlet: WBAL-TV, Baltimore Style magazine and The AFRO.   

 See photos from the events and tours in this Facebook album.

 Here is a sampling of feedback we received:

  • "Our staff really enjoyed the exhibit and the tour. We went back to our office where we had an hour discussion on our experience and what we had learned. Thanks for all your work!" - MD Commission on Civil Rights
  • "After the tour, the team and I went over to CUPS Coffeehouse and talked about this wonderful exhibit and ways we were all motivated to continue working hard for neighborhoods like Belair-Edison. Thanks for bringing this to Baltimore." – Belair-Edison Neighborhoods Inc.

Enterprise will continue to engage with local partners who have expressed interested in bringing the exhibit back to Baltimore and/or engage in a more formal way with Designing the WE. Many thanks to all the time, talent and treasure of Enterprise staff who made this possible, as well as our incredible partners at designing the WE, Impact Hub Baltimore and Gallery CA.

Undesign the Redline will open in Washington, D.C., in September.