The Annie E. Casey Foundation
May 29, 2019
In 2003, a mix of public and private partners — including the Annie E. Casey Foundation — established a nonprofit called East Baltimore Development Inc. (EBDI) to oversee the redevelopment of 88-acres in East Baltimore, Maryland.
The neighborhood’s before picture was grim — plagued by high rates of unemployment, vacancy and crime — and EBDI’s first move was controversial, necessitating the mass displacement of residents living in a 30-acre section of the project area.
What ensued is one of the most talked-about and transformative urban renewal projects in America today. It’s an evolution that Cheryl Washington — EBDI’s president and CEO — has been working to realize for years.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Lisa Hamilton recently spoke with Washington about the ambitious project, its progress and next steps. Their conversation explores how the community shaped the plan in unexpected ways, how the project accommodated impacted residents and what other cities should know about tackling large-scale urban renewal work.
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