The “Baltimore Idea” and the Cities It Built

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The “Baltimore Idea” and the Cities It Built

by Emily Lieb
Southern Cultures, Vol. 25, No. 2: Inside/Outside

"Every 'inside' has an 'outside.' Every boundary has a sentinel. Almost every backyard has a NIMBY."

In 1910, the Baltimore City Council made Jim Crow concrete. It passed an “ordinance for preserving order, securing property values and promoting the great interests and insuring the good government of Baltimore city,” which was intended to make it illegal for black and white Baltimoreans to be one another’s neighbors.