The "Middle East"
The interest of Johns Hopkins Hospital has exerted a steady influence on the surrounding neighborhood since the 1950s. According to Dr. Marisela Gomez, Johns Hopkins has controlled the development of the “Middle East” neighborhood with help from city planning agencies and outside foundations. Developers have promised to include prior residents in new neighborhoods in order to secure consent for their projects—then abandoned these promises once construction is underway.
Here, we see a little material regarding the development of the Middle East neighborhood in the 1950s. Then, we examine the changes taking place today under the auspices of the East Baltimore Revitalization Initiative.
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Cui Bono? (pdf)
Cui Bono (n): a principle that probable responsibility for an act or event lies with one having something to gain.
- “If EBDI fails, then my presidency at Hopkins fails.” -- Johns Hopkins University president Ronald J. Daniels, February 23, 2012 (Baltimore Brew)
- "Hopefully, this is the last time we’ll have to demolish a neighborhood in order to save it." -- Scott Levitan, Forest City VP and director of its Middle East project (New York Times)
- A Path Race, Class, Power, and Organizing in East Baltimore -- website of Dr. Marisela Gomez:
- Interview: Marisela Gomez on The Real News Network discussing Johns Hopkins University and the Middle East neighborhood; January 8, 2014.
- "Middle East" on Live Baltimore
- "From 'Middle East' to 'Eager Park,' a community is rebranded" -- Steve Kilar, Baltimore Sun, May 25, 2013
- "Building a Technology Park in Baltimore by Rehabilitating a Neighborhood" -- Eugene L. Meyer, New York Times, August 5, 2009
- "Rebuilding the Middle East (Neighborhood in Baltimore)" -- Adam Rothstein, August 28, 2008
- "The changing face of East Baltimore: New mixed-use neighborhood rises just north of university's medical campus" -- Greg Rienzi, JHU gazette, January 2013
- "Johns Hopkins hoping to revive east Baltimore neighborhood on its border" -- Nick Anderson, Washington Post, January 31, 2013
- "The Great East Baltimore Raze-and-Rebuild After Faltering, a Johns Hopkins-Led Development Project Reorients Around a School" -- Dax-Devlon Ross, Next City, July 29, 2013
- "How Federal Policies, Johns Hopkins, And ‘Redevelopment’ Led To The Slumification Of Baltimore" -- Sean Nevins, Mint Press News, May 6, 2015