Baltimore's city center will be used for housing wealthy global partners in these adventures rotating in and out.
Baltimore is seeing a race to hand real estate to global corporations and privatizing all public real estate that cannot be used in the short term. Some is being used as pay-to-play as ministers, politicians, and organization leaders hiding the real intent of all these policies and selling them to the communities as good----but none of these people will be keeping these properties---they are being played.
WE INTEND TO KEEP REAL ESTATE PUBLIC AND OWNED BY BALTIMORE CITIZENS.
Underserved communities in decline need two actions right away----first, identify vacant housing for toxic conditions like lead and demolish those houses. Second, rehab those houses in a community in ways that work around REAL GREENING THAT BENEFITS THAT COMMUNITY AND ALL BALTIMORE CITIZENS. Baltimore is one big concrete and row house jungle that need huge greening development. Baltimore Development and Johns Hopkins plan to super-size the concrete jungle with huge corporate campuses. We intend to carve out large sectors of underserved communities of abandoned and unsafe houses and plant fruit orchards and green parks. We intend to build athletic fields and recreation venues that anyone would enjoy coming to all being public grounds attended to by public employees encouraging citizens to volunteer WHEN THEY ARE NOT WORKING. Take the homeowners in these communities, build in some room for growth, and haul all the cement and demolished buildings away. Greening improves health, gives jobs, and allows land to be used effectively until ready to expand a community
It’s Not a Fairytale: Seattle to Build Nation’s First Food Forest
Forget meadows. Seattle's food forest will be filled with edible plants, and everything from pears to herbs will be free for the taking. Hungry? Just head over to the park. Seattle's new food forest aims to be an edible wilderness. (Photo: Buena Vista Images/Getty Images)
Feb 21, 2012 Clare Leschin-Hoar's stories on seafood and food politics have appeared in Scientific American, Eating Well and elsewhere.
Seattle’s vision of an urban food oasis is going forward. A seven-acre plot of land in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood will be planted with hundreds of different kinds of edibles: walnut and chestnut trees; blueberry and raspberry bushes; fruit trees, including apples and pears; exotics like pineapple, yuzu citrus, guava, persimmons, honeyberries, and lingonberries; herbs; and more. All will be available for public plucking to anyone who wanders into the city’s first food forest.
“This is totally innovative, and has never been done before in a public park,” Margarett Harrison, lead landscape architect for the Beacon Food Forest project, tells TakePart. Harrison is working on construction and permit drawings now and expects to break ground this summer.
The concept of a food forest certainly pushes the envelope on urban agriculture and is grounded in the concept of permaculture, which means it will be perennial and self-sustaining, like a forest is in the wild. Not only is this forest Seattle’s first large-scale permaculture project, but it’s also believed to be the first of its kind in the nation.
“The concept means we consider the soils, companion plants, insects, bugs—everything will be mutually beneficial to each other,” says Harrison.
That the plan came together at all is remarkable on its own. What started as a group project for a permaculture design course ended up as a textbook example of community outreach gone right.
“Friends of the Food Forest undertook heroic outreach efforts to secure neighborhood support. The team mailed over 6,000 postcards in five different languages, tabled at events and fairs, and posted fliers,” writes Robert Mellinger for Crosscut.
Neighborhood input was so valued by the organizers, they even used translators to help Chinese residents have a voice in the planning.
So just who gets to harvest all that low-hanging fruit when the time comes?
“Anyone and everyone,” says Harrison. “There was major discussion about it. People worried, ‘What if someone comes and takes all the blueberries?’ That could very well happen, but maybe someone needed those blueberries. We look at it this way—if we have none at the end of blueberry season, then it means we’re successful.”
All of Baltimore's greening projects are progressive posing because Hopkins is neo-conservative and could care less about greening----they are simply keeping people occupied. Any real effort at community gardening---and it is a good policy----must come with greenhouse investment in these projects. In Baltimore people are just being told to plant in any place and there are very few people that do not think RATS in a city like Baltimore are not healthy food garden partners.
PEOPLE ARE NOT DOING THESE GARDENS BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT RATS IN THEIR FOOD-GROWING AREAS.
So, Baltimore goes from one scheme to another pushing these policies as the funds are misappropriated yet again that could build stable, long-term greenhouse building on public grounds maintained by public employees encouraging citizens to use these spaces. Subsidizing for privately owned greenhouses is great as well. These underserved communities today after gutting all of the concrete and bad buildings have room for all kinds of green projects like this that have lasting power because the city is connected to see that these gardens are producing---if not citizens growing for themselves----then city employees growing for food banks.
Baltimore policy places gardens on real estate privately owned and it is used as a development tool ----not as a community ethos. Also, the threat of ending Food Stamps while people have no ability to get jobs has fears of forced agriculture labor----WHICH UNDER A NEO-CONSERVATIVE GLOBAL CORPORATE POLICY WILL HAPPEN. Community gardens for healthy eating and community greening is NOT THE SAME AS FORCED AGRICULTURAL LABOR.
Social democracy builds domestic, local economies with a strong public sector that puts most people back to work earning Living Wage and higher. Greening a community then becomes about health and quality of life----not about survival.
Having privately-owned small food stores in communities selling this fresh food----from orchard fruit and greenhouse vegetables is the real vision of greening -----what we are seeing in Baltimore is done so haphazard because the Master Plan has FOXCONN campuses making concrete jungles as the goal. WE DO NOT WANT TO GO THERE WITH DEVELOPMENT.
I also encourage people to go public as much as possible in starting these greening projects because even cooperatives have turnover that keep these projects from lasting. If the city partners with communities in these greening projects they stay in operation for the long-term. This is not socialism----it is how you anchor local economy that then spins into private business. Below you see what looks like a national chain using urban development.
About the Evergreen Cooperatives
Our nation is facing a difficult future. Cleveland, like many of our cities, have endured decades of disinvestment that has resulted in growing poverty, unemployment, and inequality, worsened by the Great Recession. In a time when, for many, the American Dream seems like a naïve wish for the impossible, the Evergreen Cooperatives are reigniting that dream for some of Cleveland’s hardest hit neighborhoods. Cleveland isn’t the only place in need of Evergreen though, which is why it has inspired people in cities around the country to adapt this model into something that can reignite the dream in their communities too.
For Good largest urban greenhouse in the country officially opens in central neighborhood
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Cleveland has gained a reputation nationally for its vibrant local food culture. The city's foodie status has gotten quite a bit bigger - literally - thanks to Green City Growers Cooperative, a 3.25-acre greenhouse that celebrated its official opening on Feb. 25.
Size matters at the hydroponic, high-tech greenhouse, which aims to produce three million heads of lettuce and 300,000 pounds of herbs annually to vendors within a 50-mile radius from its location in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.
"It's the largest food production greenhouse in an urban area in the U.S.," says Mary Donnell, CEO of Green City Growers.
The greenhouse, which is the size of three football fields, grows its healthy wares in nutrient-rich water rather than soil. The year-round venture, overseen by the nonprofit Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, started harvesting crops in January and is already producing about 60,000 heads of lettuce per week. Green City Growers customers include grocery stores and restaurants.
Planting the leafy goods are local residents. The 25 Clevelanders Green City Growers hired to run the operation will become employee-owners of the cooperative business, receiving a living wage and health insurance.
Besides producing those tasty eats, the goal is create jobs and build financial assets for residents of Cleveland's underserved neighborhoods, says Donnell, whose background includes helping to create a hydroponic greenhouse program for The Ohio State University. The project's key partners include the City of Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation, PNC Bank and the National Development Council.
Cleveland's new greenhouse is an economic development project that could mean better things for an inner-city neighborhood. "It's wonderful that we have this in the heart of the city," Donnell says.
SOURCE: Mary Donnell
WRITER: Douglas J. Guth
Below you see where a global corporate state and city like Maryland and Baltimore is moving this 'greening' policy----it becomes an industry getting all of the Federal green subsidy that should come to communities and individuals in greening for themselves. Notice that all of the businesses involved are the same global corporations that made China an environmental disaster and now these global corporations are leading the way to greening by controlling all of the green funding and creating the same kind of subcontracting to subcontractor economy as with all global economic policy.
THIS IS WHAT IS HAPPENING IN BALTIMORE AND MARYLAND. SO, WE WILL SEE HUGE EXPENDITURES IN STRUCTURES WE DO NOT NEED-----TONS OF GREEN MONEY GOING TO BUILD HIGH-RISE GLOBAL CORPORATE CAMPUSES ALL UNDER THE GUISE OF BEING GREEN......and all the hype in Baltimore of being part of all of this green startup business that will be owned by global corporations.
So, we are seeing Baltimore citizens pushed to start fish farming projects that will be folded into global fish farming corporations. We'll see building of huge agriculture domes sold as green for NEW WORLD CITIES slated to be Manhattans on steroids. Nothing green about any of this----they are simply going to create an autocratic system contained in hyper-security using the American people as human capital.
Public-Private Dialogue on Greening the Supply Chain Draws Over Two Hundred Business Leaders in Maryland Submitted by: Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership
Categories: Environment, Sustainability
Posted: Jun 06, 2008 – 03:15 PM EST
MD-AEP President Peter Gourlay seen here with corporate presenters from GM, Goodwill Industries, Johnson Controls, Baxter International, Steelcase; U.S. Senator Cardin and event co-hosts: Tom Murray of EPA and Mike Galiazzo of RMI
BALTIMORE, MD - June 6, 2008 -
Over two hundred business leaders came to hear U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and leading multinational corporations including General Motors, Johnson Controls, Baxter International and Steelcase provide insights on the green supply chain movement.
The Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (MD-AEP) helped to organize the timely forum to highlight the importance greening corporate supply chains. Pressures are mounting from global manufacturing leaders as they are increasingly de-selecting suppliers when they fail to meet sustainability objectives. "The greening the supply chain initiative is a key element of corporate strategies to become more wholly sustainable," said Peter Gourlay, President of MD-AEP. "This initiative is gaining momentum in the U.S. and now in countries like China," said Gourlay. Throughout Asia, a great majority of industrial pollution is coming from small-to medium- sized industry.
"The percentage of manufacturers that will deselect vendors or suppliers that do not meet their green supply chain standards has climbed from 12% in 2002 to 32% last year and is projected to rise to 76% in the near future," said Tom Murray, EPA co-director for the Green Suppliers Network (GSN), the co-host for the event. The GSN is an innovative, voluntary program sponsored by industry, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Commerce that works with Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers to provide the on-site technical assistance needed to remain profitable, environmentally sound and competitive.
"MD-AEP is looking to bring this model to Asian countries, in cooperation with the Green Suppliers Network, to help multinationals engage their local supply chains," said Gourlay. "The good news about this initiative is that companies like GM, Baxter, Steelcase and Johnson Controls have demonstrated that they are increasing their profitability while also lessoning their carbon footprint," said Gourlay.
MD-AEP helped to organize the forum in cooperation with the Regional Manufacturing Institute and the U.S. EPA's Green Suppliers Network. The forum provided a platform for both elected officials and business executives to engage in a public-private dialogue on pending climate change legislation and for global manufacturers to share their insights on how they are pushing for cleaner production from the manufacturing supply chain. "The partnerships that we've developed through this process will be instrumental in carrying this model to Asia," said Gourlay.
"We were very pleased with the feedback from this exchange," said Dr. Michael Galiazzo, Executive Director of the Regional Manufacturing Institute. "Our small and medium-sized manufacturers really need these business models to help them develop their sustainability strategies and they need public resources to help defray the cost of climbing the sustainability ladder," he said.
To read testimonials and view presentations from the event click here: http://marylandmanufacturing.info/cms/node/242
About The Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership
The Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership (MD-AEP) is a newly formed, private sector initiative which is mobilizing resources and expertise from corporations, Maryland universities, U.S. and Asian government agencies and multilateral banks to address Asia's massive energy and water resource needs. Throughout Asia, government officials are grappling with major environmental management and resource concerns at the national and local level. What is often lacking is a holistic approach to address the gamut of lessons learned and appropriate resources for future sustainable development planning needs. We provide a unique catalyst for sustainable environmental solutions. MD-AEP functions as an environmental research, technology and services hub to connect Maryland's lessons learned, know-how and resources to countries in Asia. MD-AEP takes a sophisticated approach to its business engagement as we look to bridge Maryland-Asia public-private partnerships from a local country standpoint and solve environmental problems with sustainable business outcomes.
For more information, please contact:
Peter Gourlay Maryland-Asia Environmental Partnership Phone: 4432752489 Phone 2: 301-305-3700 Website: www.mdaep.com
Those of us who are activists in Baltimore remember this scam-----Hopkins pretended to be employing citizens living in the communities that the East Baltimore FOXCONN campus for Hopkins' global corporation demolished. Well, guess what----THAT NEVER HAPPENED.
Baltimore has one program after the other geared to train underserved citizens in construction just so they could be part of all that Federal, state, and local funding as is required but never happened. So, these are the resources for rehabbing and building new houses along with training more citizens to do so. There is so much public works and construction needed to rebuild communities surrounding city center that this first phase will paid for with Enterprise Zone funds already allotted but failing to meet terms of contract. We must rebuild small business construction as Hopkins has killed all construction businesses with Baltimore City Hall awarding to corporations. These promises to involve citizens in communities is the answer----IT JUST NEEDS TO BE DONE. Hopkins of course only sees a Master Plan that does not include many of these communities existing because of the International Economic Zone goal-----since we are not going with this Master Plan-----we will be using all of these local trained for construction citizens building their own communities. Below this article you will see a mid-size construction company coming in to rehab in mid-income levels which is fine---we want mixed income housing in all communities.....
Unemployed workers train to rebuild E. Balto. — and their livesConstruction training program strives to offer workers to $1.8B EBDI project
February 04, 2012|By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun
Just north of the Johns Hopkins medical campus, in the Middle East section of East Baltimore — an area where hundreds of families were moved out and hundreds of homes were razed as part of a $1.8 billion urban renewal project — a new neighborhood is beginning to sprout.
Under construction are $300 million worth of projects, including a state health laboratory, a 351-unit graduate student housing tower and a garage with a Walgreens drugstore, among other structures. Now plans are in the works for a mixed-income area with a state-of-the-art elementary school, a grocery store and restaurants, office buildings, and a park lined with loft-style apartments and a hotel.
"We've been able to ride through a very, very difficult economy with more construction work than anybody in the city and are emerging from this economy in a good position," Chris Shea, president and chief executive of East Baltimore Development Inc., or EBDI, said in an interview.
Still, the 88-acre project, which ultimately could include 1,500 to 2,000 new and renovated residential units and up to 1.7 million square feet of commercial space, has faced plenty of criticism over the years.
Former Middle East residents complain that EBDI has failed to deliver quickly enough on promises of new housing. Current residents say they feel left out of the planning. And many in East Baltimore who can't find work are demanding a bigger share of the hundreds of new construction jobs required to complete the project.
Into that breach has come a Baltimore-based church group — Community Churches United — and a workers' group, the Laborers' International Union of North America. The church group, seeking jobs for East Baltimore residents, has teamed with the union, which is providing instruction in construction skills.
On Thursday, less than a mile from EBDI's Middle East development site, several dozen unemployed men and women spread out over a grassy lot on West North Avenue to learn construction skills in the hope of winning some of the jobs.
One group of students broke up concrete with shovels or a drill, while others built scaffolds used by bricklayers.
Tikisha Knight, a single mother of four, said she has struggled to find housing and work. The former Middle East resident, who's now renting space in a basement with two of her children, said she sees the three-week apprenticeship program as a way out of her predicament.
"I'm hoping I can make this my career and get a house for my children," Knight said. "I want to be there for them. I want to send them to college."
Community Churches United says it has a list of more than 1,000 people in East Baltimore alone who are seeking construction work.
Program leaders are frustrated by what they see as a failure to employ enough local residents on city construction projects. They have offered to provide EBDI a pipeline of trained workers and are seeking to persuade the group to ask its contractors to increase their share of local hires.
"You don't have to bring people from out of state," Richie Armstrong, a community organizer with Community Churches United, said Thursday. "There are men and women in Baltimore City who are willing to do what it takes. [Trainees need] companies that are willing to give them a chance."
EBDI's initial development plan would fill at least 15 percent of commercial jobs with skilled and unskilled minority workers, with residents given priority. For residential aspects of the project, the goal is to have local minority residents fill 20 percent of the jobs.
EBDI officials say they have offered to meet and work with the group through EBDI's workforce development program but have received no response.
"If they have live bodies who are ready to work or interested to work, we'll partner with them," Shea said.
But he added that any labor agreements would need to be worked out directly with developers and contractors, not with EBDI.
Nonetheless, Community Churches United has focused its efforts on EBDI.
In December, the group led a march of about 200 people from a church on East Oliver Street along a 10-block route to EBDI's Chase Street headquarters to demand jobs. Shea eventually came out to address the crowd and said he promised to "work as hard as we can to place as many of you as we can."
Organizers say they are taking Shea's assurances to heart. Shortly after the march, they made plans for the construction training sessions.
Getting a foot in the door in construction has been tough, said James Gough, 47, an East Baltimore resident who has worked on road crews for the State Highway Administration but has been mostly out of work for the last couple of years.
"When you go on a construction site, they already have their own people," said Gough, who signed up for the apprenticeship classes because "it seems like this has … promise to it."
"Even if I don't get a job, they're giving us the proper training," he said.
Norma Jones, 54, who was relocated from East Baltimore when work on Middle East began, said she seeks to return to her former neighborhood — but this time as a worker to help rebuild it.
Jones, who was laid off from a custodial job several years ago, has never worked in construction. Now enrolled in Community Churches United's apprenticeship program, she feels she's getting solid training and a clear direction for the future.
"I feel proud of myself to be here," she said after a morning of mixing concrete. "I feel very confident I will get a job. I have a lot of faith."
There is no problem with 'model' rehabs aimed at the middle-class by a growing construction business----it is great. The question comes as people are allowed to pick the homes they want to rehab----what becomes of equal opportunity housing and movement towards low-income housing.
Having people coming into communities and picking what is upgraded while the citizens already owning homes long-term in these communities not having a voice is not a fluent community plan. Where low-income housing is standardized for affordability-----this model system could upgrade those low-income standards to offer mixed income rehabbing structures. I have a FB friend who actually came up with this idea-----instead of concentrated poverty in public housing-----why not have a standard affordable model for low-income that higher income levels can add amenities to.
Meanwhile in city center-----huge international real estate firms are being allowed to buy large tracts of land to control who owns property and who they rent to. We must open this up to equal opportunity to avoid a city having concentrated wealth....as bad as concentrated poverty.
Rehab 'model' homes are emerging in Baltimore
Up-front investment is intended to show buyers a builder's capabilities
May 31, 2013|By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun
There's a brick home in Highlandtown, on a prominent corner of Eastern Avenue, that has become a contradiction.
Parts of it are more than 100 years old — varying shades of brick and mortar show where additions have been hewn to the primary structure. Yet several weeks ago, a banner appeared on the side of the house announcing that it is a "Future Model Home."
The property is not what springs to mind when the phrase "model home" is uttered: new construction in a subdivision that will be re-created by a builder after a buyer commits to a homesite.
"It's an investment. Most guys are not going to do this, but we feel it is critical in order to pre-sell these homes," said Brooke Kaine, one half of the team behind Charm City Builders, which is among several developers bringing to Baltimore a new way of thinking about rehab sales.
Kaine and his partner, Tyler Banks, are putting hundreds of thousands of dollars into this house, in the hope that it will show prospective buyers their capabilities. When it is completed later this year, the top two floors will be finished and furnished like a model home and the lower level will be a sales and design center, where buyers can look through carpet samples and select bathroom fixtures.
The model homes of Charm City Builders and other companies, including Come Home Baltimore and City Life Builders, may signal a significant shift in the way refurbished rowhouses are marketed in Baltimore. Instead of purchasing a rehabbed home after the marble countertops are installed, a substantial number of Baltimore's rehab buyers could, in not too long, be able to choose an existing home as if it were a plot of land and wait for their "new" home to be completed.
"They're clearly being very innovative," said Stephen Melman, director of economic services for the National Association of Home Builders in Washington. He's never before heard of the model home approach to rehabbing, he said, but it should be received well by buyers because "there's nothing like walking through and kicking the tires."
That's why model homes started springing up in the first place, he said. There's only so much that glossy brochures and websites can do to convince people that a home is the right fit for their lifestyle, Melman said.
With a model home, buyers can walk through the property and get a feel for how they will interact with it, he said. Parents, for instance, can see how close their bedroom will be to the nursery.
"It also helps the builder work out the kinks" in a home plan and building process, Melman said. "It makes all the sense in the world to me," he said, noting that the NAHB does not maintain current data on the value of model homes for a business' bottom line.
Because the bones of the existing rowhouses that Charm City Builders is rehabbing vary in size and shape, the model will not be a carbon copy of the layout that buyers will get, Kaine said, but it should give people a pretty good sense of what to expect.
"There's only so many ways you can cut" Baltimore's traditional rowhouse for remodeled interior layouts, Kaine said. Their company, which sold two dozen homes in metro Baltimore last year, has figured out designs that maximize the use of space in these pre-existing structures, Banks said.
Homebuilding is a family business for Kaine, 62, whose father started a development company in Calvert County in 1951. Kaine's been building homes in Southern Maryland for decades, typically by buying undeveloped land — like cleared farm fields — cutting it up into plots and erecting new homes on those parcels.
"Models were integral" to that style of business, Kaine said. Model homes in subdivisions help people get a feel for both the home and the neighborhood, he said.
But as the profitability of suburban development in Southern Maryland decreased in recent years, Kaine started looking for new opportunities. He sees contemporary Baltimore as filled with the homebuilding prospects that were abundant in Southern Maryland years ago, he said. Kaine and his wife, who is originally from Pikesville, moved to Fells Point in 2011.
"We wanted a more urban experience," Kaine said, explaining that they were looking for a walkable lifestyle they couldn't get in Calvert County. Plus, he said, "I saw opportunity here. It's a different kind of building, but it's still building."
Kaine met Banks, 32, in the fall of 2010. Kaine was touring Baltimore neighborhoods and struck up a conversation with Banks, who was rehabbing a home on South Bouldin Street, not far from where their "future model home" is now. Banks, originally from Bucks County, Pa., and a Salisbury University graduate, started investing in Baltimore real estate shortly after getting out of college.
The two hit it off and joined forces. They started marketing their business under the banner of Charm City Builders this year and launched a website showing the properties across Baltimore that they're redoing.