Contributions Wanted!

Have you or someone you know purchased a vacant home in order to keep it out of the hands of investors or out of town negligent owners?  I’d love to hear your story, and will feature it in a future post! Email me or use the contact form!

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Update: 1224 W Ostend Street

I’ve watched the total transformation of this home, and I think it’s almost complete — thanks to Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake!  You can see the before pictures here — it was a mess. This is a perfect example of what can happen when a home is in the right hands — and transformed […]

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History and Architecture Buffs! A Free Event for You!

Join Baltimore Heritage and Baltimore Sun for our first photo walk and tour at the Sowebohemian Festival on Sunday, May 27! The utterly unique Sowebo Arts & Music Festival is a can’t miss neighborhood event in Hollins Market with music, dancing, great food, artwork, antiques and more. Of course, the festival alone offers a feast […]

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Update: 527 N. Patterson Park Avenue

We are pleased to report the home previously listed here has now been renovated and rented. As you can see in the current photo, there’s a huge difference between now and last October.

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Update: 757 Carroll Street

We wrote about this property twice — first in January of 2009, and again in February of 2009. We’re pleased to see the house has been sold, and work is being done — with valid permits!  This house was a major eyesore on an otherwise relatively attractive block.  Hopefully the new owner will continue this […]

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Happy Birthday!

As this project moves into its second year, I want to take a moment to thank the people who have helped to move things along.  First I’d like to thank our readers, this project wouldn’t be possible without you.  Your emails and comments are amazing — keep ’em coming!  You’re engaged, you’re smart, and you’re […]

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Broward County (FL) Slumlord Watch!

Hopefully they’ll get the site up and running soon, and it hasn’t been abandoned.  It’s always good to see another slumlord watch pop up!  For now, you can read the “About Us” section, we hope to see lots of photos and info soon.

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Green Affordable Baltimore

Join the University of Maryland Clinical Law Program for “Green Affordable Baltimore: A Conversation About Sustainable Housing in Our City” — April 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Registration is not required.  For more information, please use this link.

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Link Roundup: Events and Legislation

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition is holding its 2010 conference in Washington DC. The NCRC 2010 National Conference includes plenary sessions, workshops and networking on how we can help those communities hardest hit by the foreclosure crisis and address widespread unemployment.  The conference will also feature events to commemorate NCRC’s 20th anniversary. For information, or […]

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The Property that Fired the First Shot: 701 Washington Boulevard

We originally reported on this property in January of 2009.  In fact, it was the first property we wrote about, and the property that gave us the idea for the blog.  It was a mess — a haven for derelicts, full of trash and overgrown shrubbery, and a general eyesore if you were sitting at […]

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