Number of Vacants by Land Area

As with other variables, the presence of vacant properties varied greatly by cluster location. The Downtown cluster has virtually no vacants, and you can almost read MLK Blvd. on the map where vacants become common in West Baltimore. Mondawmin has comparatively few; this is reasonably either due to stronger economic conditions there or a by-product of the mall property.

Vacant building data comes from Baltimore Open Data Portal. The city’s vacants list is controversial in its demonstrated undercounting of vacants. (John McCartin)

Note: This is a 150x150m grid cell arbitrarily laid over the city, as a way of aggregating uprising events and mitigating sometimes artificial divisions created by data collection.

This map comes from John McCartin’s “Design for Uprising,” a mapping project that asks what role (if any) urban planning and design played in the Baltimore Uprising. The project drew from social media to track “uprising events,” which include marches, meetings, parties, police actions, looting, and a whole lot more. It then compared that data to socioeconomic variables, regulatory schemes, and physical indicators.

John McCartin is a Timonium native and former Mount Vernon resident. Some time ago he fact-checked for the City Paper, inspected sidewalks for Mahan Rykiel Associates, and worked at City Hall for Bobby Curran. He recently finished his urban planning degree at Harvard Graduate School of Design and now works as a planner in Boston.