Deindustrialization and Its Effects on History and Preservation

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.

Screen Shot 2013-10-10 at 5.33.34 PMThe 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”

“Mapping Baybrook”

About Nicole King

Nicole King joined the faculty of the Department of American Studies at UMBC as an assistant professor in 2008. King's research focuses on the tensions of preservation and development in historic places from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. She has published a book, Sombreros and Motorcycles in a Newer South: The Politics of Aesthetics in South Carolina's Tourism Industry (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), on the fall of manufacturing and the rise of the tourism industry in South Carolina during the period of desegregation. King is the director of UMBC's Orser Center for the Study of Place, Community, and Culture. Since 2009, King has been working with Steve Bradley on place-based research, oral history, and public programming in the south Baltimore neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Curtis Bay.
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