The East Baltimore neighborhood of Middle East has had a fraught history with Johns Hopkins, the nation’s leading medical institution. As far back as the 1950s, residents of this largely black community have faced evictions and displacement to make room for hospital and university expansions, while the world immediately outside the Hopkins walls became home to the city’s highest crime rate, fastest shrinking population and greatest percentage of vacant homes. Now, the latest redevelopment promise — a $1.8 billion, 10-years-in-the-making endeavor to raze 88 acres worth of abandoned blocks and rebuild the neighborhood with a Hopkins-partnered primary school as the centerpiece — has similarly grown entangled with racial tension and accusations of corruption. But this time, a plan to both enroll students from the neighborhood and attract new people to the area means that the needs of Middle East may not get left behind. Writer Dax-Devlon Ross sets out to discover what, if anything, sets the East Baltimore Development Incorporated (EBDI) apart from the blunders of the past.
- Learn about the history of segregation and displacement in one of Baltimore's most distressed neighborhoods.
- Meet the students and staff at the new Henderson-Hopkins school, and see how they could be changing the face of public education in our cities.
- Find out whether the relationship between Johns Hopkins and Middle East can be repaired, and why so much is at stake with one massive redevelopment project.