8-15-11: Artists-Only Housing

August 15, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

The City Arts building in Baltimore. Photo courtesy of Tom Holdsworth Photography.

CORRECTION 8/22/12: The income threshold for the City Arts building is $36,000, not $26,000.

Many scholars and city planners have long held that concentrations of artists living and working in particular areas can lead to neighborhood revitalization.   Maryland was one of the first states in the nation to designate 18 areas as Arts and Entertainment districts.  Artists are given incentives to live in these districts through the tax code, and in other ways.

In the Station North Arts and Entertainment district here in Baltimore includes an entire building designated as affordable housing for artists.  It’s called City Arts Apartments, and it’s located on Oliver Street, a stone’s throw from Greenmount Cemetery.  In order to qualify to live in the CityArts building, you need to make less than $26,000 $36,000 annually, and work as an artist.

Tom discusses the building with one of the developers of the property, Charlie Duff, who is an architect and architectural historian.  He’s also the president of Jubilee Baltimore, a non-profit planning and development organization, which is one of three partners in the City Arts Apartments.

We want to hear from you:  what do you think of providing low-income housing for artists in developing areas?  Do you live in such a situation yourself?  What does it do for an area?  Or would this be a problem better solved by the free market?

Let us know at 410-881-3162, send an email to mdmorning@wypr.org, or comment below.

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