March 7 Webinar: Baltimore and Detroit Share Responsible Demolition Strategies

Posted February 18, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Building site in East Baltimore

Though cities across the nation have long worked to man­age vacan­cy and blight, the after­math of the Great Reces­sion brought a new sense of urgency to these prob­lems. Raz­ing old struc­tures is a key part of revi­tal­iz­ing these com­mu­ni­ties. But can such demo­li­tion occur while also safe­guard­ing res­i­dents’ health and the environment?

A March 7 webi­nar host­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion answers this ques­tion – and explores how offi­cials in Bal­ti­more and Detroit have suc­cess­ful­ly rede­vel­oped blight­ed areas while spurring eco­nom­ic growth.

The dis­cus­sion will look at the 88-acre East Bal­ti­more Revi­tal­iza­tion Ini­tia­tive – one of the nation’s largest recent rede­vel­op­ment projects and a lead­ing source of cur­rent demo­li­tion best prac­tices. The ses­sion will also exam­ine how Baltimore’s approach aid­ed offi­cials in Detroit as they set out to address chron­ic vacan­cies in the Motor City.

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Par­tic­i­pants will learn how these cities edu­cat­ed res­i­dents about demo­li­tion process­es, employed tech­niques that reduced the spread of pol­lu­tants and dust, and ensured the appro­pri­ate over­sight of build­ing contractors.

The webi­nar will also review how each city devel­oped cre­ative land-reuse strate­gies that turned vacant spaces into vibrant, pro­duc­tive areas.

The ses­sion is part of the Foundation’s Com­mu­ni­ty Mat­ters series, which delves into the com­plex issues sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ty change and the lessons that Casey and oth­er orga­ni­za­tions have learned from their work in neigh­bor­hoods nationwide.

Webi­nar Information

What: Respon­si­ble Demo­li­tion and Pro­duc­tive Land Reuse in Bal­ti­more and Detroit
When: Thurs­day, March 7, at 2 p.m. EDT Registration


  • Mod­er­a­tor Scot Spencer, asso­ciate direc­tor for advo­ca­cy and influ­ence at the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Jason Hessler, assis­tant com­mis­sion­er for lit­i­ga­tion at Bal­ti­more Housing
  • Pay­ton Heins, asso­ciate direc­tor of Michi­gan Ini­tia­tives at the Cen­ter for Com­mu­ni­ty Progress
  • Tam­my Daniels, direc­tor of demo­li­tion at the Detroit Land Bank Authority

Pass­word: communi

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Read more on Baltimore’s and Detroit’s demo­li­tion practices

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