Opportunity Zones: A Baseline Evaluation in West Baltimore
Lecture by Michael Snidal, Doctoral candidate in Urban Planning, Columbia University
This talk presents the findings from 65 interviews with community and government officials, program managers, developers, and fund managers about the federal Opportunity Zones (OZ) program in West Baltimore. It concludes with a set of short-term policy recommendations as well as a discussion of the broader federal policy framework that is necessary to attract durable and equitable investment into highly distressed neighborhoods.
Michael Snidal is a doctoral candidate in urban planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Snidal is also the Principal of Snidal Real Estate, a Baltimore-based construction and property management firm. He was formerly the director of neighborhood development for West Baltimore at the Baltimore Development Corporation. His work and opinions have been featured in academic and popular news sources such as the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, and the Financial Times.
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