UB law clinic focuses on new development approach in city

The University of Baltimore Community Development Clinic, along with the University of Maryland School of Law Community Development Clinic and the University of Maryland Social Work Community Outreach Service, will celebrate the release of a white paper on innovative urban development at an event scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016.

The report – “Community + Land + Trust: Tools for Development Without Displacement” – was published with help from the University of Baltimore Foundation and was written by the Baltimore Housing Roundtable, a community coalition, with help from student-attorneys in UB’s Community Development Clinic, which is led by Professor Jaime Lee.

After describing how Baltimore’s development policies have failed to create affordable housing and jobs with decent salaries for low-income residents, the new report offers a fresh approach to development that focuses on human rights and human needs.

The report proposes the creation of community land trusts and a renewed vacant-housing initiative designed to create neighborhood-based institutions that will drive development, employ city residents and create permanently affordable housing.

Harry Smith, director of Sustainable Economic Development & Dudley Neighbors Inc., will speak about a successful land trust initiative in Boston.

The event is to take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University of Maryland School of Social Work Auditorium, 525 W. Redwood St., Baltimore 21201. A light lunch will be provided.

Please RSVP here.

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