Now that the school year has begun, students wish to shift the focus of the project more directly towards youth. After their preliminary research, they believe that if there is to be any change from the status quo, youth across the city must feel involved. We are recruiting more student leaders so if you were not involved initially, now is your chance. Throughout the fall, student leaders will travel to schools across the city and lead workshops for other students, so that they can vent their frustrations and worries about visiting the Harbor and come up with positive solutions. In the early spring, we will hold a press conference in which we present our formal suggestions to various stakeholders in the city. I hope this will lead to an agreement between youth and police about constructive ways to decrease crime in the area and build a more inclusive space.
Thank you to everyone who attended or supported our research showcase at the end of August. It was an unbelievable success. Each student presented the results of his or her work from the summer and visitors were invited to engage the students in discussions about their conclusions. See photos from the event below:
At the end of the evening, students received awards for the work they’ve completed and we talked about the future of the project.
Tiffany was the only student who conducted quantitate research and collected data on visitors to the Harbor.
Jasmine and Ezra displayed their mini-ethnography of Fells Point. They chose to focus on the effects of development of the Harbor on surrounding communities. Specifically they concentrated on the rise of Fells Point Marketplace and how it’s affecting the surrounding community. They chose this topic for its pertinence; many living or working around the development had little or incorrect information about a development that will have a large impact on their community.
Kylah researched how noise and sound evolve through a day in the life of the Harbor.
Delandria Mills, a world-renowned flautist and her band provided the entertainment.
Diamond presented her work in a poster entitled: “Why We Bump Heads: Perceptions about Youth in the Inner Harbor from the Two Perspective that Matter.” Her poster displayed what she calls “the expectation gap” between youth and adults about how youth should behave in the Inner Harbor. Through interviews with youth who attend the Harbor and adults who both patrol the Harbor and have children who frequent the Harbor, Diamond identified the disconnect between adults and youth in reference to conceptions about how youth should behave in a public space.
Deja's poster revealed how crews, promotors, and clubs use Twitter to attract youth to the Harbor.
Faezah interviewed more respondents than any of the other students and the breadth of her results reflects this. Her poster chronicles a variety of problems and potential solutions to tensions in the Harbor. Her data comes from a sample of youth, store owners, Waterfront Partnership Guides, parents, and other Baltimoreans who care about the competition for public space.
The Inner Harbor Project’s Research Showcase will be this Friday at Kaufman Pavilion, from 7-9 P.M.
Come enjoy delicious h'orderves and imaginative cocktails prepared by Donna’s Restaurant.
Live music will be provided by award-winning flutist Delandria Mills. Learn more about her here: http://www.delandriamills.com/
But most importantly, don’t miss a unique opportunity to hear from the students directly about the work they’ve been doing in the Harbor!
Please RSVP if you have not already done so: http://onlinersvpbest.com/ and enter ID number 2672
Guests are welcome.
We look forward to seeing you, rain or shine!
Today, I toast to the students of the Inner Harbor Project with my Martinelli's! The Waterfront Partnership has agreed to implement the changes WE suggest for improving the Inner Harbor. Who knew change could be so fun?