-This piece features OSI Fellow Shelley Halstead-
By Maya Lora and Lia Russell
As Shelley Halstead gazes upon the vacant, disheveled building that once hosted a stop in the “Green Book,” all she sees is potential.
“They just want to keep scraping houses and buildings. And I just, I’m a carpenter. Like first and foremost, I’m like, ‘No, let’s rebuild it,’” Halstead said. “I live here. I want to see this thing happen.”
Standing last month on a deserted street and bundled up against the cold, Halstead, 53, painted the picture of how she plans to transform 1415 Etting St. from an abandoned eyesore into a community gathering place for the residents of historic Marble Hill, situated in West Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood.