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8-21-12: Artists-Only Housing
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This conversation originally aired on August 15, 2011.
8/22/12 CORRECTION: The income threshold for the City Arts building is $36,000, not $26,000.
Many scholars and city planners have long held that concentrations of artists living and working in particular areas can lead to neighborhood revitalization. Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to designate 18 areas as Arts and Entertainment districts. The Station North Arts and Entertainment district here in Baltimore includes an entire building designated as affordable housing for artists. It’s called the City Arts Apartments, and it’s located on Oliver Street, a stone’s throw from Greenmount Cemetery. In order to qualify to live in the CityArts building, you need to make less than $26,000 $36,000 annually and work as an artist.
Charlie Duff, one of the developers of the property, is an architect who is the president of Jubilee Baltimore, a non-profit planning and development organization. We talked to him about the building last year.
UPDATE: The Reinvestment Fund, based in Philadelphia, is currently constructing 8 new houses as part of the City Arts project. They also rebuilt a row of vacant houses recently, dubbed the City Arts Townhouses. The townhouses rented in a week.