Author: Justin Fair

How are you?

Hello hello, well, you may or may not know had sprained my left ankle and broke a bone in my foot! Luckily, it’s been about 4 or so weeks and I traded in a pair of crutches for a peg leg of the future! I am hoping that I will be healed up in a couple of weeks. Aside from my physical problem of becoming an old man, things have been pretty good! Still working in the nonprofit Community Development sector and still in grad school for urban planning and just yesterday I bake a cherry pie from scratch! How are you?

Searching for Opportunities in Urban Planning and in Community Development

I wear many hats: Artistically, you may know me as a graphic designer, painter and artist. As I’ve grown, I’ve honed my interests and work as a community organizer with the Hyattsville Community Development Corporation and I study City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University, focusing on Urban Design and Economic Development.

As such, I am eager to get better involved by volunteering, giving, and familiarizing myself with community development organizations and urban planning firms within the City of Baltimore. I’m open to projects like:

  • Community Profiling and Scoping Neighborhood Plans
  • Framing branding statements, promotional text and fliers
  • Database development to help list local resources
  • Research and write historical narratives
  • Site visit and tour neighborhoods
  • Sit on committees and offer insights

I am also on-the-job-hunt! Please contact me if you know of an opportunity that may interest me.


I am active in my community on three fronts: volunteering, financial donations, and employed engagement. I give yearly or monthly to the following organizations. They typically fit into these categories: city and regional planning, Judaism, African-American studies, the arts and humanities, and health and wellness. For an additional list of companies, influencers and associations that grab my interest, browse my Twitter Lists.

Memberships – Grid view

Explore the “Grid” view on Airtable.


Haven’t been logging my way workouts for weeks now. At least once a week, shame, of ground work, squats, pull up accentrics, treadmill and the bike machine too. Today was near 8 miles on the seated bicycle for an hour five minutes.

Next Month 4/23/18: Health and Vacancy: The Case of Baltimore

Morgan State University’s annual design-health symposium hosted by at the School of Architecture and Planning:

Title: Health and Vacancy: The Case of Baltimore

Date: Monday, April 23, 2018 (5:30pm-8pm)

Organizers: Community, Design, and Health Forum and AIA Baltimore

Sponsor: ZGF Architects


History of Vacancy in Baltimore (Jim Dilts, Architectural Historian)

Public Health Perspective on Vacancy (Joshua Sharfstein, Associate Dean, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health)

Current Policies and Approaches to Address Urban Vacancy (Stephanie Smith, City of Baltimore’s Assistant Director for Equity)

Health, Vacancy, and Advocacy in Baltimore (Jennifer Goold, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Design Center)

Health and Architecture in Contemporary Baltimore (Klaus Philipsen, Principal of Arch Plan, Inc.)


5:30-6:00pm: Reception

6:00-7:00pm: Presentations

7:00-7:45pm: Roundtable

1.5 AIA CES HSW credit will be available.


CBEIS Building, 5299 Perring Parkway, Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland 21251 (visitor parking is available close to the building)

RT @bniajfi: Goal 2: #Vacancy The most evident indicator of population loss in a neighborhood is vacant and abandoned housing; but their ramifications rest on the shoulders of the people who currently live among them…