Greater Baltimore Community Housing Resource Board, Inc. (GBCHRB) December, 2001 / Vol. 7, No. 6


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Manufactured Housing Is Increasingly the Choice of Homebuyers, & They Are Not Trailers! In 2000, one in six single-family housing starts was some type of manufactured housing. Such housing includes factory-built residential units built after 1976 according to the HUD code; "modular homes" are similar but are built according to state & local codes. A "mobile home" was built before 1976 & the HUD code; a "trailer" is a temporary shelter which can be towed behind a vehicle. A very useful article is: "Manufactured Housing," by the U. S. Treasury's Office of Thrift Supervision, Community Liaison (September, 2001):4-5.



Policing the Poor: From Slave Plantation to Public Housing. Neil Wedsdale. Boston: Northeastern University, October, 2001. 278pp. $22.50 pbk. Websdale, a criminal justice prof at Northern Arizona University, argues that years of racist behavior toward blacks have resulted in a "rigorous social quarantining, social stigma, and stringent surveillance." The study is based on an ethnographic investigation conducted at the Edgehill projects of Nashville, Tennessee.

Don't Forget! Still in Print & Definitely Worth Reading!

Sharing America's Neighborhoods: The Prospects for Stable Racial Integration. Ingrid G. Ellen. Cambridge: Harvard University, 2001. 240pp. $42.00. An interesting, learned argument that government intervention is needed to promote the stability of racially-integrated neighborhoods.

As Long As They Don't Move Next Door: Segregation and Racial Conflict in American Neighborhoods. Stephen G. Meyer. Rowman & Littlefield, 2000. 354pp. $29.95. A sobering litany of the multi-sided complexities of racial integration - and the determined, vociferous resistance to it.

Upcoming & Interesting:

Race, Housing and Social Exclusion. Peter Somerville & Andy Steele, eds. Jessica Kingsley Publications: December, 2001.

Race, Real Estate, and Uneven Development: The Kansas City Experience, 1900-2000. Kevin F. Gotham. State University of New York: July, 2002.


Bea Gaddy, Advocate for the Poor, 68. Famous for her Thanksgiving dinners, Gaddy overcame poverty and hardship to become a City Councillor and prodder of the powerful. Her leadership, kindness, & stamina were formidable, as she advocated for the poor and East Baltimore. (Baltimore Sun, October 4, 2001:1A)

Norman Granz, the "Soul of Jazz," 83. Granz broke down racial barriers in the 1940s, integrating musical groups and audiences. He insisted black and white performers be given equal treatment in pay and accommodations, refused bookings at segregated venues, and canceled at the hint of discrimination. (Washington Post, November 28, 2001:C01)

Stanley S. Herr, Advocate for the Mentally Disabled, 56. Herr, a University of Maryland Law Professor, helped write the 1989 Maryland law prohibiting executions of mentally retarded criminals & was instrumental in the 1972 Mills v. District of Columbia case establishing the right to a public education for children with disabilities. (Baltimore Sun, September 25, 2001:5B)

Mike Mansfield, Senator & Diplomat, 98. As Senate Majority Leader in 1964, Mansfield was key in breaking the Southern-led filibuster to pass the landmark Civil Rights Act. He spent 24 years representing Montana in the Senate, 10 years in the House, and 11 years as U. S. ambassador to Japan. The son of poor Irish immigrants, Mansfield "believed deeply in the ability of free people to govern themselves wisely," according to current Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). (Baltimore Sun, October 6, 2001:3A)