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Dis-placia II: Vacants in the Village Hack-A-Thon Registration
Due to resident flight beginning in the 1960’s to surrounding counties, Baltimore city neighborhoods lost population, businesses, community institutions and places of employment. Baltimore lost nearly 1/2 of its population. These losses and subsequent strategic disinvestment in many city neighborhoods, were fueled in part by racism, resulted in depressed property values and tax revenues. This in combination with factors such as the post-industrial economic downturn of the 1970’s and the epidemic abuse of illicit drugs in the 1980’s caused many neighborhoods to experience blight. It is the presence of vacant, abandoned, dilapidated, under-utlized and misutilized. The results created or worsened environmental stressors which can be defined as any physical, chemical (lead, asbestos, etc.) or biological factor that can cause an adverse effect on ecosystems or human health. For example Baltimore’s most blighted neighborhoods according to Baltimore Neighborhoods Indicators Alliance Vital Signs 16 Harlem Park- Sandtown Winchester, Upton-Druid Heights, have life expectancies that mirror those in North Korea and Kagazistan. Lowered life expectancies and other poor health outcomes can be tied to the presence of blight in communities.

The connection between the as built environment and human health seems to be as strong as that between art and technology as vectors for improving wellness. These intersections converge to form a space that seems to advance human understanding and communication. To this end FBB plans to host a Community development hack -a- thon, a week end long session for residents, developers, public health workers, teachers, real estate agents, etc to engage in collaborative solution creation, dubbed Displac-ia II: Vacants in the Village. The event is a follow up to FBB’s first Dis-placia event (hosted during Free Fall Baltimore 2018) an interactive transmedia art exhibition that used use art and technology to examine and explain the impact on people when the as built environment is in poor or ineffective condition. The exhibition will include the works of local artist who have lived experience with blight. Infographic posters will be paired with artist works to illustrate how available data supports their expressions. Dis-placia II will build on the first event to include panels, workshops and a contest for community to pitch their blight remediation or other community development ideas to funders.


Who? OPEN FOR ALL, designed for those living with blight in community

Why? To explore the impact of blight on communities while offering opportunities for building personal and community development skills to develop and deploy solutions to build beloved community

How? By supporting community visioned, led and owned development though education and advocacy

Schedule of Activities:

Friday April 5, 2019

6 pm Reception

View the Dis-placia exhibition while mixing and mingling

7 pm Panel

Discussion on community development for blight remediation in Baltimore

Laquida Chancy, Smalltimore Homes,

Nneka N’namdi, Fight Blight Bmore,

Carol Ott, Fair Housing Action Center,

Andre Robinson, The Robinson Group/ Community Prosperity, LLC  

Moderated by Dayvon Love, Leaders Of A Beautiful Struggle

8 pm Hack-A-Thon Launch

Explanation of Hack-A -Thon format, deliverable and opportunity for teams to form

Saturday April 6th, 2019

9 am Community Qigong Class w/ Dr Bridal Pierson, The Living Well Center for Social and Economic Vibrancy

Community Workshops

10 am

Workshop #1 Community Development 101 w/ Walter Horton, Real Estate Officer, Baltimore City Office of the Comptroller

Workshop #2 Urban Farming w/ Denzel Mitchell, Five Seeds Farm

11 am

Workshop #3 Innovation in Community Development w/ Maurissa Stone-Bass, The Living Well Center for Social and Economic Vibrancy

Workshop #4 Property Ownership w/ Jill Steele- McGhee, Realtor, MEI Real Estate


Workshop #5 Estate Planning w/ John Kern, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Workshop #6 App and Data Store Training w/ Nneka Nnamdi , Fight Blight Bmore


Hack-A-Thon Pitch Prep time

Workspace for teams to develop their ideas for the pitch

Sunday April 7th 2019

10 am Community Yoga w/ Tameka Gray, The Living Well Center for Social and Economic Vibrancy

11am Strange Fruit Viewing

a documentary on food insecurity, apartheid and solutions to for Baltimore

12pm Community Meal

brunch spotlighting local growers, food producers and restaurants

11 am- 1pm

Hack-A-Thon Pitch Prep time

Workspace for teams to develop their ideas for the pitch

1pm Team Pitches

Each team is given 5 minutes to present their ideation plan

3pm Winner Announcement /Closing

Judges will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winner

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