Christine Hwang, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance
At the Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance, Christine will design a creative placemaking and cultural mapping tool to track and identify arts and culture in the city of Baltimore. This tool will allow organizations and individuals to work together and create an understanding of how the arts are tied to Baltimore’s economy and quality of life and can be strategically used to ensure inclusivity and equitability. Christine will work with communities spanning all of Baltimore’s neighborhoods to determine how arts and culture are perceived in and affect different areas.
Christine also consults on urban planning projects in Baltimore through the Living Design Lab and Neighborhood Design Center and conducts research on sustainable transit in Copenhagen through Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance. Previously, she worked on food access issues and ran arts and writing workshops in juvenile centers and schools in Detroit. She has a master in urban planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she studied designing inclusionary space and researched patterns of school planning and racial integration. She is also a graduate of the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), where she studied political science with an emphasis on mathematical modeling and social demography. She enjoys college football, creative writing, figure drawing, long walks in cities, and long train rides.
Why do you choose to live and work in Baltimore?
From an intellectual level, I'm interested in post-industrial and historically Catholic cities and the evolution of parochial/neighborhood divisions. From a fun point of view, I love cities with great architecture and art. And from a personal perspective, I just love Baltimore.
What's one surprising fact about yourself?
Despite being from Alabama and having worked in Detroit, I've never had a driver's license. I walk and public transit everywhere.
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