This digital exhibit highlights 120 images from the Model Urban Neighborhood Demonstration (MUND) program in Baltimore, Maryland from 1968-1971. The images were selected from approximately 5,000 black and white 35 mm film negatives contained in the MUND collection, part of the archives at the University of Baltimore's Langsdale Library.
Using funds from the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, MUND began in 1967 as a public-private partnership between the Greater Baltimore Committee and the Westinghouse Corporation. After the first two years of the program, local elections created the Neighborhood Development Council, and control was transferred to community residents. Although begun as an earlier demonstration, MUND was related to the Model Cities Program, which provided federal funding to American cities for better coordination of anti-poverty programs, local planning of urban renewal initiatives, and participation by the residents of selected model neighborhoods.
The stated goal of MUND was to focus the resources and expertise of the private sector on a single district within Baltimore City, applying the best practices of business to the challenges of urban renewal. The district selected for the demonstration encompassed portions of neighborhoods now known as East Baltimore-Midway, Barclay, Old Goucher, and Remington. At the end of the three year demonstration, this district was to merge into Baltimore's Model City Areas, spreading the benefits of its intensive planning process, professional consultation, and best business practices to the other districts. This merger never took place, however, and MUND continued independently until both MUND and Model Cities ended in 1974.
The images selected for this exhibit focus on the personal and communal aspects of MUND, highlighting youth, senior citizens, community leaders, and neighborhood activities. Research was conducted to identify as many of the names, dates, and places in the photos as possible.