China was one of the earliest countries to implement SEZ. It created the first SEZ in the early 80's under the government of DENG XIAPING. This is the most popular SEZ in the world. Today there are more than 3000 SEZ's in the world spreading across 120 countries. They account for over 600 billion dollars in exports and generating close to 50 million jobs all over the world.
Following the Chinese examples, Special Economic Zones have been established in several countries, including Brazil, India, Iran, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Cambodia, and North Korea.
Economic Zones only exist in developing nations because they are third world in needing autocratic structures and no Rule of Law protecting citizens and environment from abuse and exploitation-----THAT IS WHY WHEN THEY COME TO THE US AMERICA HAD TO HAVE MOVED TO SECOND WORLD AND WITH TRANS PACIFIC TRADE PACT----THIRD WORLD STATUS.
Remember, the goal of neo-liberalism and neo-conservatism is to bring the US down to third world levels seeking to use Trans Pacific Trade Pact to allow global corporations to operate in the US as they do in these third world nations like India and China. So, all of these immigrants---even high-skilled come to the US thinking they will increase earnings----and they are being brought to work as they would in India and China bringing US workers along.
THAT IS WHAT PLANTATION BALTIMORE IS ALL ABOUT!
This is a lose-lose for the immigrants and the US workers. Reagan/Clinton neo-liberalism and Bush neo-con policies have the US at second world status----TPP will bring US to this third world status.
DOCTORS, LAWYERS, TEACHERS, AND FIRE FIGHTERS IN THIRD WORLD NATIONS LIVE AT POVERTY LEVELS.
Again, I LOVE IMMIGRANTS! WE DO NOT WANT TO BLAME IMMIGRANTS FOR THIS THIRD WORLD POLICY GOAL ----IT IS POLITICIANS AND CORPORATIONS THAT ARE THE PROBLEM.
As I showed yesterday the Bloomberg Economic Zone will have FOXCONN factories with sweat shop labor and housing and food right there at the factory just as a plantation would. Both urban and rural low-income will be moved to these factories just as in China. The same structure for the skilled class will have those working at the research and development living near these centers but they will move from being paid what professionals earn in the US today to being paid what professionals earn in India and China. With over 600,000 Baltimore citizens largely unemployed or underemployed, Baltimore pols are recruiting that immigrant-class to exploit. Hispanic workers already here will tell you they are being abused and exploited. We do not want to allow this culture of abuse for ANYONE because injustice for one becomes injustice for all.
You can believe this mayor could care less about families and their well-being----she is simply working to build the International Economic Zone and third world society from which these immigrants are trying to escape!
Video Encourages Immigrant Families To Move To Baltimore
July 8, 2014 5:44 PM Pat Warren Pat Warren joined the Eyewitness News team in 1992. Pat came to WJZ...
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake encourages Marylanders to remember the contributions of immigrants in building Baltimore and the state.
Political reporter Pat Warren has more on a new video encouraging immigrant families to move to Baltimore.
The mayor has a goal to bring 10,000 new families to Baltimore in 10 years and this video may help keep the city on track.
The non-profit media group Next City has released a video outlining how the rise of an immigrant population figures into the mayor’s plan to reverse the city’s decline in numbers.
“I think it’s important for us to remember our history in Baltimore,” Rawlings-Blake said.
She spoke with WJZ Tuesday about her continuing efforts to encourage immigrants to make Baltimore their home.
“It’s built on immigrants. Immigrants coming to this country, building a sense of community, building businesses, creating jobs and my administration wants to welcome that,” she said.
“Immigrants and refugees are some of the most resilient people on the planet,” said Baltimore activist Angelo Solera.
Solera says people come here expecting to improve their lives.
“Here you have to work, pay taxes, take care of your responsibilities,” Solera said.
In 2012, the mayor ordered city agencies not to question anyone’s legal status.
“Some people in other cities want to focus on what the status of an individual is; I’m focused on having a thriving community,” Rawlings-Blake said.
And, as this video promotes, immigrants are a target demographic.
“I really want us to focus on how we can continue to have a thriving city by welcoming a diverse population,” she said.
That includes services for immigrant business owners.
The intended result is to drive down crime and vacancy rates, as well.
The video is called Building Resilience in Baltimore and is posted on the video website Vimeo.
I was talking to a black friend from a family having some wealth telling me he tried to buy a parcel of land in West Baltimore to build small businesses and was told by the Baltimore City Council person -- --- I'M SAVING THAT LAND FOR SOMEONE----indeed, this is where our Baltimore City Hall and Maryland Assembly pols are getting their rewards----no Baltimore citizen need apply all of this development is going to global investment firms connected to this International Economic Zone model. Below you see an article that addresses another piece of this Economic Zone puzzle and the pols working to make sure the right people get the land----BILL HENRY, HELEN HOLTON, ED REISINGER, CARL STOKES-----ET AL. This is the next sector that is the University of Maryland Medical System----ANOTHER WORLD CLASS HEALTH INSTITUTION---- You might say---why does a city with huge poverty and average earnings just above poverty with most people pushed to preventative care need all these world-class medical centers ----GLOBAL HEALTH TOURISM----IT'S FOR THE RICH OF THE WORLD---NOT THE CITIZENS OF BALTIMORE.
University of Maryland Medical System was taken private decades ago with the quasi-governmental status that makes it a corporation and not a state university. Since then it has acted as a profit-driven health system just as Hopkins has. Hopkins policies control UMMS. Today I will talk about this campus as part of the Baltimore Plantation.
The answer to all of the unrest from Baltimore's poor communities is to come in and push them out and build structures for the NEW CITIZENS. It's all about the subsidy-----we can rebuild Baltimore ourselves when a billion dollars a year is lost to corporate fraud and government corruption!
Pete Welch pushing the same development that took East Baltimore on his constituents....no doubt receiving real estate in what will be the Oliver Community of West Baltimore. Welch knows what these International Economic Zones will do to the citizens NEW and OLD---he says -----SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!!!! This project as with East Baltimore will push all current homeowners out and as this article states-----they need to sequester dozens more pieces of real estate before moving forward so watch out for those $6,000 water bills and tax liens!
'Calling the Poppleton project “inclusive,” Welch cited La Cite’s plan to allocate 20% of first-phase housing (52 apartments) to low-income residents. Deputy Housing Commissioner Peter Engle echoed that sentiment, saying the city has the opportunity for “place setting” or putting a new brand on a whole community'.
West Baltimore residents urge subsidy for Poppleton development Rendering of the apartment buildings in first phase of the Poppleton redevelopment.
(Courtesy of Gensler / Baltimore Sun) By Luke Broadwater The Baltimore Sun
- Clipper Mill
- Bill Henry
- Edgar Allan Poe
- Inner Harbor
- Helen Holton
- Edward L. Reisinger III
- Carl Stokes
Residents say West Baltimore should get subsidies, as Harbor did West Baltimore residents urged a City Council committee Thursday to approve a $58 million subsidy for a mixed-use development in the Poppleton neighborhood, saying it is urgently needed after last month's unrest.
"We had trouble a few weeks ago in Baltimore," said City Councilman William "Pete" Welch, who represents the area and is backing the tax increment financing plan. After the unrest over the death of Freddie Gray, many people are counting on the city to use development incentives in impoverished areas rather than at sites by the waterfront, Welch said.
"We need to start using TIFs in West Baltimore," he told his fellow council members. "We need more housing in West Baltimore. This is that project. West Baltimore has needed this type of development for many, many years. This is a game changer."
Under tax increment financing deals, the city issues bonds to give the developer money to pay for infrastructure improvements and other project costs. The city then uses the increased tax revenue generated by the development to pay off the bonds and their interest.
The planned Poppleton development includes roughly 1,600 new apartments and other residences, 52,000 square feet of commercial space, a park and a school in a neighborhood close to the University of Maryland BioPark. Co-developers La Cite and Diversified Realty Partners LLC estimate that redeveloping the 13.8 acres would cost $460 million over more than 15 years.
Daniel Bythewood Jr., president of New York-based La Cite, said he is "incredibly excited to be able to bring this amazing project to West Baltimore." His firm has worked on projects in Harlem, Miami and Las Vegas.
Bythewood said the Poppleton development will include parks near Edgar Allan Poe's house, including a dog park. He added that the project could do for Poppleton what the Harbor East development did for a vacant piece of land by the Inner Harbor. "It creates a new location for people to come to," Bythewood said.
Officials predict the project would have a rate of return of 9.5 percent without the subsidy — for a profit of $19.5 million — but nearly 15 percent with the TIF, for a profit of $31.4 million. The project also is in line to receive about $520,000 in Enterprise Zone tax credits.
Once built, the properties would pay $8.4 million a year in property taxes, up from $26,000 that comes from the site currently, officials say.
Four of five members of the council's Economic Development Committee were present for the discussion: Chairman Carl Stokes, Warren Branch, Bill Henry and Edward Reisinger. Council member Helen Holton was absent. Stokes said he believed the committee would approve the deal to go to the full City Council for a vote next month.
Poppleton resident William Gunn asked the committee to vote for the project. He said he doesn't want to move out of the city despite his neighborhood being known for "drug dealers and blight."
"Help us out," he said. "Help revitalize my area. You have to put some money in to get some money back out."
Cecil Clarke, who owns property in Poppleton, also urged approval. "The community is desperate for this project to see a new birth," he said.
Lembit Jogi, a city housing development manager, said the project would "transform" more than 500 blighted properties. The neighborhood's vacancy rate is about four times the city average. About 19 percent of its families live in poverty.
Jogi said development at the site is "not feasible" without the incentives.
The agreement with the developer calls for 20 percent of units to be "affordable," In the first phase, 52 of 257 units will be considered affordable — meaning they will rent for $600 to $800 per month versus $1,200 to $2,400 for more expensive units. For each acre devoted to affordable housing, the developer makes $635,000 less, officials said.
Jogi said the plan would draw 4,100 new residents to abandoned blocks and create 226 full-time jobs.
Since 2000, city TIF projects have included improvements at Mondawmin Mall and Belvedere Square, and conversions of former industrial sites such as Clipper Mill and the Procter & Gamble factory used as Under Armour's headquarters. The most recent TIF was awarded to a $1 billion Harbor Point development near Harbor East.
The city has acquired 450 of the 524 parcels of land needed for the project — spending $10 million to date on acquiring property, demolishing it and relocating people.
The deal was approved by the city's Board of Finance last month after board members raised questions about the project's long-term prospects, questioning the financial projections and the affordability of the new apartments for the area's residents. No one raised such concerns Thursday.
If you are wondering why Baltimore could not have local architects and building contractors handle these development constructions it is because all of the local professional class has been eliminated-----put out of business and replaced by global corporations and Johns Hopkins. Our Baltimore City and Maryland public works which would have all of the expertise and equipment to handle all of this construction locally has been dismantled so every project now goes to a global corporation that then subcontracts to subcontractors keeping Maryland and Baltimore contractors so impoverished as to close them down....no worries....there are foreign subcontractors to bring in.
As you see below, UMMS is being built by and the real estate owned and managed by global investment firms----this is a state university which is nothing more than a corporation. It has expanded to take all of what was left of public hospital facilities in Maryland.
UMMS has the same patented research structure as Johns Hopkins and works on for-profit mission. Once taking all citizens coming through their doors-----since the health care reform UMMS now sends patients not having the right health insurance elsewhere and this will get worse. UMMS sees itself as a global health tourism destination as does Hopkins----with a city full of people not able to afford to buy health insurance.
La Cité Development, LLC is a real estate development corporation investing in strategic real estate ventures throughout the eastern seaboard, as well as specific markets elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The predominant focus of La Cité’s interests is on residential and mixed-use properties spanning from rehab to new construction, with investment primarily being placed within the residential marketplace.
Wexford Science & Technology is known nationally for partnering with anchor institutions to create large-scale multi-use developments such as Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in North Carolina and the University of Maryland BioPark.
The University of Maryland BioPark is a biomedical research park on the vibrant academic medical center campus of the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The BioPark’s community of life sciences companies and academic research centers are commercializing new drugs, diagnostics and devices and advancing biomedical research. The BioPark buildings are designed to maximize flexibility to accommodate a range of occupancies from small-scale pre-built lab and office space in the BioInnovation Center to full-floor users. Infrastructure meets the requirements of the most demanding science environments while permitting optimum internal planning flexibility with minimum intrusions.
Situated in the midst of Maryland’s significant regional bioscience cluster, the University of Maryland BioPark is also at the mid-point of what is arguably the world’s largest bioscience corridor stretching from Boston to North Carolina. The BioPark’s strategic location ideally positions its tenants for growth.
Below you see what happens when even our public universities like UMMS are taken corporate----you do not have dissent and protest and you do not have Federal, state, or local public sector research protecting the citizens of Maryland and providing data that is in the public interest.
America would be at the height of national protest if American universities were not captured to this International Economic Zone scheme. Clinton started this privatization of universities and Obama has made hundreds of billions of dollars in education funding about building these university as economic zone anchors. As nurses unions and SEIU health workers protest the ever lowering of wages and loss of benefits----they may not know the goal is third world wages but their labor union leaders do----AND THEY SUPPORT CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BALTIMORE CITY HALL POLS EVERY ELECTION.
The only winners in these global health structures are the research facility that are simply corporate research executives and the top administrators of the network of players in this corporate structure....all other staff will be taken third world. Even what were public universities are now being staffed at the top with Ivy League grads and foreign partners.
Collections by Subject: Vietnam-Era Protest Activities on the University of Maryland, College Park, Campus
A Selected List of Holdings in Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries
For more information about how to access materials in this guide, please visit the Maryland Room web page or fill out an information request.
Please use this identifier to cite or link to this Subject Guide: http://digital.lib.umd.edu/archivesum/rguide/viet.jsp.
United States universities experienced a period of unrest during the late 1960s and early 1970s, as students protested against U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. Students at the University of Maryland protested throughout this period against the Vietnam War, but their outrage against the conflict peaked in a series of violent protests between 1970 and 1972. On three occasions during this period, Maryland Governor Marvin Mandel declared a state of emergency on campus and sent in National Guardsmen to restore and maintain order. The main conflict on campus occurred in May 1970, when students reacted violently to the U.S. invasion of Cambodia. Thousands of students and protestors occupied and vandalized the university's Main Administration building and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) offices, set fires around campus, blocked Route 1, and fought running battles with riot police. Students threw bricks, rocks, and bottles, while police fought back with teargas, riot batons, and dogs. The violent disorder led to a toughening of student disciplinary procedures and regulations, as well as a tightening of professional codes of behavior for faculty. The administration also began to make an effort to be more open to the views of students and faculty and to involve them increasingly in the operation of the university.This resource guide describes holdings in the Archives and Manuscripts Department which document the protests against the Vietnam War at the University of Maryland College Park, campus. It also lists other potential sources outside the Archives and Manuscripts Department.
Nations like UK and Canada that had a national health system are having their systems attacked as well----you see here how the fights in Europe, UK, and Canada have lots and lots of protests with hundreds of thousands of people and in the US----people do not know what is happening because all of the labor and justice organization leaders have been captured by neo-liberalism. Remember, US labor unions now only represent 17% of labor so they are greatly weakened which is why the leadership sold out!
Orders of the Day Unions representing federal scientists protest 'partisan interference'
By Kady O'Malley, CBC News Posted: May 19, 2015 6:19 AM ET Last Updated: May 19, 2015 6:19 AM ET
Representatives from Canada's major public sector unions, including the Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Canadian Association of Professional Employees and the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada will protest "the muzzling of Canada's public scientists and partisan interference in the development of public science" by holding "mobilization and information activities" at Tunney's Pasture.
- Muzzling federal scientists may be damaging to government itself
- Foreign scientists call on Stephen Harper to restore science funding, freedom
- Muzzling of federal scientists widespread, survey suggests
- Alleged scientist muzzling probed by information commissioner
Back on the Hill, the Commons Chamber may be shuttered for the week-long Victoria Day constituency break, but Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast are still slated to join representatives from Canada's beef and pork sectors in the House Foyer later this morning to take questions on the latest rejection of US meat labelling requirements by the World Trade Organization.
Morgan State and Coppin State Universities are not Ivy League and they will be closed. Coppin is becoming an online presence as will Morgan State and both are being transformed into Community non-profit campuses.
Coppin is connected to the UMMS expansion in that people living in Poppleton will be pushed into Coppin creating a more distressed area. Remember, the areas at the east and west bounderies of Baltimore will become the sweat shop factories for the patented products created by the Ivy League research facilities.
WHERE DID IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITIES GET ALL THIS MONEY----FROM THE MASSIVE CORPORATE FRAUDS OF OUR TREASURIES AND PEOPLE'S POCKETS AND FROM ALL OF THE FEDERAL AND STATE FUNDING BEING SENT EXCLUSIVELY TO THESE IVY LEAGUE 'ANCHORS' BY CLINTON NEO-LIBERALS AND BUSH NEO-CONS.
This is the breakdown of all public education structures geared towards equal protection opportunity and access education whether black or white-----public higher education for 90% of Americans are being dismantled as these Ivy League universities as Economic Zone anchors allows only a few access to strong higher education. Baltimore is ground zero for this. Remember as well, all this is happening as the quality of people entering these Ivy League schools declines and those entering are doing so because of connections and willingness to do anything to 'win'...profit. This is the personality of fascism.
THE LEADERS IN PLACE AT MORGAN AND COPPIN WERE PLACED THERE TO DISMANTLE THESE INSTITUTIONS AND INSTALL THE STRUCTURES FOR THEIR NEW MISSION-----COMMUNITY NON-PROFITS PUSHING THE BUILDING OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ZONES IN BALTIMORE.
Coppin-area revitalization saddled by federal budget cut Elimination of fund could stall group’s redevelopment plans
Apr 29, 2011, 6:00am EDT Emily Mullin Staff Nicholas Griner | Staff Baltimore Business Journal
Coppin State University’s efforts to spur economic development in West Baltimore could be stalled now that a $25 million federal program that helps universities improve their neighborhoods has been put on the chopping block.
In April, Congress voted to eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s University Communities Fund, which gives grants to historically black colleges and universities for community development projects. Maryland schools like Coppin, Morgan State University and the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore have all benefited from the program for development projects in the past several years.
For Coppin, elimination of the program could hamper the school’s plans to buy and rebuild foreclosed homes in West Baltimore, said Gary Rodwell, executive director of the Coppin Heights Community Development Corp.
The university-affiliated group has received $3 million from the program since 1995 and planned to ask for at least $600,000 more this year to help spruce up its West Baltimore neighborhood and encourage families and businesses to relocate to the area.
Lacking money from the universities fund, Coppin Heights CDC has applied for a portion of the state’s allotment of federal community development block grants, Rodwell said. [See related story below.] The group also will work to shore up other investments, he said.
“Now that that money is not there, hopefully we will be able to have our partners maintain their investment,” Rodwell said.
In January, Coppin Heights CDC unveiled plans to build seven student and public housing buildings along North Avenue. The group also wants to complete seven more houses this year. Over the next 10 years, Coppin Heights CDC plans to renovate 80 to 100 homes within a half-mile radius of North Avenue near campus.
Charles Halm, Maryland’s field office director for HUD Community Planning Development, said Coppin applied for a grant from the University Communities Fund program last year but wasn’t approved.
“For any competitive program, the demand is always going to exceed the available resources,” Halm said.
Although elimination of the University Communities Fund may not impact other local historically black colleges as much as it could Coppin, some of them previously have tapped the program for money. In 2004, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore won $470,000 in funds to help build the Garland Hayward Youth Center in Princess Anne. Morgan State in Northeast Baltimore also received $600,000 in 2006.
“Many historically black colleges and universities are in communities that need improvement,” said Ackneil M. “Neil” Muldrow II, co-chairman of Coppin State’s board of visitors and CEO of Parker Muldrow & Associates LLC in Baltimore.
Harold Young, Maryland’s former HUD director of nine years, said black colleges and universities have typically not had as much funding as other four-year institutions and tend to be located in predominantly underserved African-American communities.
“These funds are of course very essential because most universities now act as economic hubs,” said Young, who now is an attorney in Baltimore. “If you don’t sustain a vibrant economic hub in these universities’ communities, then they become less attractive for students to want to attend.”
The areas outside of Poppleton will become less stable and as the article below shows, the gentrification will move the crime and violence into what is now Coppin just as has happened to the Morgan State communities where gentrification pushed from East Baltimore.
We know that is the pattern and yet we cannot grasp the value of inclusive development. We can grasp it, they are simply ignoring it. When the goal has a lower class tied to factory facilities and huge injustice then there is the need for exclusivity.... there does not seem to be the need for income integration beyond that few percent of population in a community. When the goal is this International Economic Zone model of third world society----the development becomes about luxury residence in city center.
The schools in these West Baltimore area are already slated to becoming vocational pre-K to 12 apprenticeships for the UMMS and MICA product mills as are the schools in East Baltimore for the Johns Hopkins product mills.
DEMOCRATS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS KIND OF POLICY FOLKS----THIS IS AS REPUBLICAN AND NEO-CONSERVATIVE AS IT GETS AND CLINTON WALL STREET NEO-LIBERALS ARE REPUBLICANS!
Gentrification is not bad-----what is happening in Baltimore is bad because it is being done by neo-conservatives with the goal of creating a third world society!
Baltimore's Greenmount West Neighborhood Faces Fears of Gentrification
August 9, 2014, 1pm PDT James Brasuell
The neighborhood of Greenmount West provides a case study of neighborhoods exposed to the risks of gentrification as a result of cultural changes and pointed policy measures meant to reverse the status quo in crime and poverty ridden neighborhoods.The Greenmount West neighborhood in Baltimore is a ten-minute walk from Baltimore's Penn station, and home to one of the country's highest concentrations of subsidized housing units. And change is coming to Greenmount West, according to an article by Andrew Zaleski. For evidence of the change, "[simply] look at East Oliver Street, now the site of new and renovated townhouses, a tool library, a makerspace, the year-old Baltimore Design School for students in grades six through nine, and City Arts, an apartment building with 69 affordable-housing units for local artists."
"But Greenmount West’s transformation comes at a cost. Greenmount West’s median home price rose from $10,000 in 2002 to $184,900 in 2013, when 19 housing units were sold. Property taxes have increased as people with higher incomes have moved in and rehabbed older or vacant buildings."
The increased investment, and subsequent rise in the cost of living, is a result of local and state policies, like a state program that formally designated the neighborhood as an "arts and entertainment district…in 2002" and a city designation of the neighborhood as a "community development cluster," which "[encourages] developers capable of renovating entire blocks of vacant houses."
Right now, at least, "there are legacy residents eager to live alongside a new creative class," but the question for Baltimore's planners and politicians is how to ensure that the neighborhood continues to improve its quality of life without altering its character or displacing at-risk populations to other locations without Greenmount West's inherent benefits.