This repository is a collection of materials related to an ongoing research project into the preservation issues surrounding vacancy and vacant houses in Baltimore, Maryland.
What is this project?
This project is a lot of little things that I am still in the process of gathering into a more coherent whole. All of this materials is presented as-is and may or may not be useful at this point. This project is also serving as a pilot for the exploration of online visualization tools and engagement strategies for the Local Preservation School project.
Research (July 2014 – ongoing)
- Draft of the paper I presented at VAF in Chicago, 2015 - Part 1, Part 2
- Salvage City (Selected excerpts)
Vacant Housing and Preservation Workshop (November 2015)
- Workshop Description/Related Resources
- Abandoned Property Types/Triggers (D3.js tree diagram)
Additional Related Material
- Vacant House Bike Tour - Notes (August 2015)
- Industrial Building Reuse Tour Notes (June 2015)
- Creative Responses to issues of Vacancy, Preservation & Heritage (2014)
- Background statement on preservation and vacancy in Baltimore
- Background statement on preservation and vacant industrial buildings in Baltimore
What is the history of this project?
I started this project in July 2014 as a presentation for the National Alliance of Preservation Comissions (NAPC) Forum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania along with several colleagues from the Preservation Rightsizing Network. I presented a paper based on this same research at the Vernacular Archiecture Forum in Chicago, Illinois together with Michael Allen from St. Louis, Missouri.
I am currently developing an interactive on the topic of vacant housing for presentation at the Baltimore Musuem of Art in November 2015. I'm hoping to develop this into a larger toolkit or resource guide for dealing with vacancy issues in Baltimore and/or other legacy cities.
Who is working on this project?
I (Eli Pousson) am a preservationist and historian working for Baltimore Heritage (also here on GitHub). You can reach me on Twitter @elipousson or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. This project has involved formal and informal collaboration with colleagues including:
- Johns Hopkins
- Michael Allen
- Cara Bertron
- Emilie Evans
- Katie Bachler
- Carol Ott
- Andy Cook
- Max Pollock
- Marian Glebes
And others! Please let me know if you should be on this list and I missed including you by name.