Baltimore was the sixth largest city in the U.S. and an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse in the 1950s. However, deindustrialization has had negative effects on the built environment and culture of the city. This session will be a general discussion on deindustrialization and its effects on history and preservation in Baltimore.
The decline, dismantling, and disappearance of the many industries across the U.S. deeply affects the towns, cities, and regions in which they were situated and the local communities with which they were intimately related. Understanding the relationships between place and post-industrialization in both historical and contemporary contexts is key to ensuring economically, environmentally, and culturally sustainable futures for American cities.
The Post-Industrial Places project at UMBC focuses on two historically interrelated and, yet, geographically separate areas: Baybrook—a group of six diverse industrial neighborhoods in the southern part of Baltimore City—and the Sparrows Point Steel Mill communities—including Dundalk and the historically African-American neighborhood of Turner Station situated just across the southwestern city border in Baltimore County. The project seeks to show the human side and personal stories of industrial development and decline.
For more info see:
“Mill Stories” http://millstories.umbc.edu/
“Mapping Baybrook” http://mappingbaybrook.org/.