In recent years, the creative forces at United Workers have been making headlines in their successful battle against a massive trash incinerator proposed for construction in the Curtis Bay community, alongside one of Baltimore’s industrial waterfronts. Galvanized as a force for equitable urban redevelopment, The Land Trust: Curtis Bay (The Trust) was born, and continues to focus on revolutionary, alternative, community driven development that honors existing residents and avoids displacement. This vision will manifest in accessible housing, an activated community plan, and unusual, locally-led, responsive public space and land restoration projects that merge public art and environmental justice.
This beautiful video captures the driving forces behind this initiative:
This month, Neighborhood Design Center partnered with United Workers Community Land Trust collaborative through the Baltimore Housing Roundtable. United Workers has submitted an application for ArtPlace funding in partnership with NDC, Art in Praxis, and many others. Design partners include Gensler, Mahan Rykiel, and Biohabitats.
We will be looking for opportunities to get a jump start on this work in the days and weeks to come!