Introduction to Fair Development
Most Baltimore neighborhoods are marked by vacant housing, evictions, foreclosures, unemployment, poorly performing schools, fire house closings and diminishing city services. In the past 40 years, city leaders have looked to economic development as the solution to these problems.
Significant public resources have been used to transform old industrial areas into tourist sites, featuring restaurants, retail stores, and other forms of hospitality and entertainment. While this development produced some jobs, work in these sectors is low paying, without health insurance and opportunity for upward mobility, and hostile to worker organizing. This “unfair development” has aided primarily private developers and real estate speculators, while most city residents and communities are still struggling to meet their needs.
The Fair Development campaign struggles for development that improves the well-being of all city residents and communities. Fair development must address all economic, social, cultural and environmental aspects of people’s lives in a coordinated way that increases communities’ abilities to meet their fundamental needs.
This unit of study includes various activities and resources to aid group understanding and analysis of fair and unfair development.rstanding and analysis of fair and unfair development.