Our Wishlist for Baltimore

1.  Everyone who needs affordable housing can get it.  This is critical to building healthy neighborhoods, and a healthy city. 2.  We’d love to see the city reduce its marketing efforts to other states/cities, and spend that money here at home, on the residents who pay the taxes to keep the city going. 3.  Restrict […]

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More Reader Mail: Questions From a Landlord

We received an interesting email the other day, and since we’re fond of publishing reader mail, we thought we’d share this one with you.  In the email, “Baltimore Landlord” poses some interesting questions. I don’t get it.  Say someone buys a house as an investment.  He tries to find a “good” tenant, i.e. someone who […]

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Google Maps

We’ve created our own Google map to track the blighted properties in our city.  Each time a property is added to the blog, it will also be added to the map, and we hope that our readers will find this tool useful.

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Our First Disgruntled Reader Mail!

We received the following from one Mr. Danny Steger, email address withheld. Dear Mr. Slanderer: It must take a lot of courage to belittle people anonymously, who beyond their control, were subject to vandals, drug users, theft and other major problems (property may have just been acquired and financing was not available).  Since you have […]

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MDE Fines Seven Baltimore City Property Owners for Lead Violations

The following Baltimore City property owners were held accountable for their failure to comply with Maryland’s lead abatement laws (read MDE press release here): 1.  Anthony Guy 2.  Jeffrey V. Vogel 3.  Gloria Foster 4.  Charlotte Brome 5.  Ronald F. Lee, Jr. and Geneva G. Lee 6.  Willco Management Holdings, LLC 7.  Richard Williams These […]

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Broken Window Syndrome: A Tale of One Street in Baltimore. Maybe Your Street.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out why derelict properties are a bad thing.  One house can bring down an entire block, and then the whole street, and then a community.  Like a set of dominos, the broken window syndrome happens when we stop caring about things like trash and blight, and worry […]

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Too Many Vacant Properties in Baltimore

Welcome to Baltimore Slum Lord Watch.  This blog is a way for the citizens of Baltimore to identify known slum lords in their neighborhoods, and hopefully shame them into reparing, cleaning, or selling their dilapidated properties.  There are currently 30,000 vacant structures in Baltimore, and 10% of them are city-owned.  The rest are owned by […]

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