Date of Award

Spring 4-26-2011

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


American Studies

First Advisor

Davarian Baldwin

Second Advisor

Louis Masur


In 1910 Baltimore became the first city in the United States to enact residential segregation ordinances. Though the ordinances were ruled unconstitutional seven years after their implementation, their effects have shaped the lived experiences and built environment of Baltimore City up to the present. The subsequent slum clearance agenda, the introduction of racially biased real estate practices through redlining, racially restrictive covenants and blockbusting, and finally the race based site selection of federal housing project locations around the city have made Baltimore a tale of two cities, one black and one white.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in American Studies.