Here's what readers have been saying online about The Sun's American Brewery project and what might be done to help the neighborhood:
"Take a trip up to Philadelphia and there are neighborhoods that are being revitalized by offering space for artists to ply their trade. Others who want to live in neighborhoods like that move in, and with that comes commerce. The city could work with private developers to turn houses and other buildings into artist lofts and small businesses like restaurants and other retail. There are quite a few arts organizations in [Baltimore], including at least two educational institutions that the city could work with. As long as the city expands its arts opportunities, this could be successful." - Chris
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Read more on revitalization:
Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood, Peter Medoff and Holly Sklar. On the rebirth of Boston's poorest neighborhood.
Networking Neighborhoods, Eric Van Hove. Political and social roots of urban poverty.
The Creative City: A Toolkit for Urban Innovators, Charles Landry. Successful efforts to revive cities around the world.
The Rise of the Creative Class: And How It's Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, Richard Florida. How cities are gaining from the preference for urban lifestyles of the growing creative class.