Meet The Crew: Carnell (aka BJ)

Meet The Crew


On what it means to work in his childhood neighborhood in East Baltimore:

“I was born over here in East Baltimore, on Jefferson and Montford Avenues. Basically, all my life I’ve been getting in trouble, so this was a good opportunity for me to switch my life around and do better…A lot of those houses have been vacant for a long time, and I’m glad they’re doing what they’re gonna do with it, and I’m glad to be a part of it. Give back to my community.”

On his favorite parts of deconstruction:

“Tearing stuff up! Tearing down walls and ceilings. But then, I also learned some new things about bricks I never knew about. Face brick, common brick, I never knew there was such a thing.”

On demolition vs. deconstruction:

“In demolition, you just go in there and tear it up. But in deconstruction, you’ve gotta be a little more, how can I say it, careful. You know, it’s almost like a skill to it…I’m pretty sure deconstruction can help a lot of people get employed, and hopefully change the neighborhood, too.”

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