Visualizing Gentrification in Baltimore

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I am visualizing the gentrification that has occurred in the Station North Arts & Entertainment District in Baltimore since its official designation in 2002, through mapping and other types of infographics.

Nico Vitti

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February 28, 2014
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This map shows the boundaries of two neighborhoods, Charles North and Greenmount West, the boundaries of the Station North Arts District, and a U.S. Census tract from which I am pulling data.
A block of homes in the Greenmount West neighborhood of Baltimore.
A block of vacant buildings in the Greenmount West Neighborhood of Baltimore.
The NY Times mapped this racial data from the 2010 U.S. Census. Green dots indicate white people and blue dots indicate black people. Where the green & blue dots meet in the center is Station North.

Gentrification is a kind of development designed to attract middle and upper class residents to a desirable area, resulting in the displacement of low-income residents. Though there many conversations about gentrification in Baltimore are ongoing, it's difficult to parse out the different stories and perspectives involved.


Design can facilitate conversation between people from different social contexts, which is why I believe visualizations of gentrification in Baltimore are necessary. This project will provide Station North residents with an accurate portrayal of how development affects them, an important tool in advocating for themselves.