All of the content which drives the sounds and visualizations are based off of the Out of the Blocks series.
One block. One hour. Everybody’s story.
This is the simple concept at the heart of WYPR’s documentary series, Out of the Blocks. One block at a time, radio producer Aaron Henkin and electronic musician Wendel Patrick are sharing Baltimore’s stories in a way that’s never been heard before.
Out of the Blocks is made possible with grant funding from the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund and the Cohen Opportunity Fund
The 4700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue is a portrait of survival and adaptability. It’s a self-governed, informal economy where the currency is respect. Space is shared by merchants, churches, longtime residents, and drug dealers. Immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, West Africa, and Korea have set up shops alongside a dwindling number of African American-owned businesses. Trust is earned here, not given lightly.
4700 Eastern Avenue is in Southeast Baltimore’s Highlandtown neighborhood. Over the past fifty years, the story of the American Dream has been written and rewritten in this community, as two distinct waves of immigrants have taken their turns settling in and opening up shop.
On the 400 block of E Patapsco Avenue, you’ll meet octogenarian pigeon racers, evangelizing barbers, philosophical convenience-store clerks, reformed and not-so-reformed drug dealers, aspiring hip hop musicians, and more.
The 6300 block of Reisterstown Road is tucked just inside the Northwest Baltimore city limit.
On the 3300 block of Greenmount Avenue, you’ll meet store clerks and restaurateurs from all over the globe – Pakistan, Mali, Korea, China, Thailand, Eritrea, and the Ukraine. You’ll also meet born & bred Baltimore entrepreneurs, bar-flies, and street corner preachers.