1318 Druid Hill Avenue: Historic Blight

Property Address: 1318 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Janice Stanton Hines, 3339 Charleston Street, Houston, TX 77021 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes The current owner of this home (a lawyer, no less) was jailed in Michigan, in 2010, for stealing […]

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Let’s Talk About Trash

…because as Baltimore residents, that’s what we do. I’ve never discussed garbage more than after I moved to Baltimore in 2000. It’s a constant struggle and source of frustration — if you belong to your neighborhood’s Nextdoor, you probably see the same complaints over and over again, as I do. One of my neighbors constantly […]

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More Dumping at Carroll Park

I went for a walk through Carroll Park today, and as I usually do, I ended up walking along the rail tracks behind the mansion. It’s an interesting view of the park and the surrounding neighborhoods. You can see 611-661 S Monroe from the rail tracks, too. Some would have you believe that nobody uses […]

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What’s Your 2015 Housing Resolution?

Reposted from Housing Policy Watch: People make much of the idea of “two cities” in Baltimore — one, affluent and white, and the other is usually labeled as poor and black. This view leaves out the third group: the folks, black and white, who earn around the city’s median income of $40,000 or so, and […]

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City Drops Ball, Citizens Go Public on Facebook, City Says “Don’t Do That”.

Residents in one Baltimore neighborhood have been complaining about one house for months. 311 calls, online complaints, emails to Councilman Curran’s office — and nothing was done…until the residents banded together on their neighborhood’s Facebook group, as reported by the Baltimore Brew. For months, the residents of the home were dumping human waste into the […]

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Support City Council Bill 13-0293

Posted from Housing Policy Watch: Introduced in the Baltimore City Council by Councilman Henry (District 4), this bill would expand the definition of vacant houses, giving Baltimore Housing the ability to levy fines against blighted nuisance properties faster, and impose harsher penalties against owners who did not comply. (Source: WBAL) Many of our vacant structures […]

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Digging into the Backstory: Part One

In the process of doing research into Baltimore’s history, particularly its housing history — one comes across some peculiar, lurid, or just plain interesting news items.  This one, in particular, caught my eye: The text reads as follows: “That was not a pleasant duty that the ladies of the Social Purity League took upon themselves […]

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Help Save Janney Street Park

The Baltimore Brew’s newest writer, Danielle Sweeney, did an excellent job of detailing the latest instance of a City Councilperson selling out a constituency for a campaign contribution — in this case a measly thousand bucks — go here to read the article. In a nutshell, a company (Pompeian Olive Oil) wants to expand its […]

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Many Thanks…

…to Katherine Wells at The Atlantic for this piece that appeared on their website today.  If you’d like to support our work, please go here — your contribution is tax deductible, and much appreciated! Let’s keep working towards making Baltimore a healthy, safe city for all!

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