HABC and Accountability?

If you haven’t already watched this video that appeared on WBAL’s website recently, you should.  (But not while eating.  You’ll thank me for the warning later.)  In the video, reporter David Collins walks around a rental home owned by Steven McFadgen, a Virginia attorney.  McFadgen had rented the home to a low-income tenant under HUD’s […]

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So This Happened.

A very curious thing happened this morning and I thought it might be worth sharing, if you hadn’t already seen it on Twitter. I read a random link posted by the Afro, a local paper that’s been in Baltimore forever, about a fire that wiped out a family’s home in the 2800 block of Boarman […]

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Regarding the recent article in the Baltimore Sun

Yesterday in the Baltimore Sun, an article appeared regarding the Wall Hunters mural project and my work as the founder of Baltimore Slumlord Watch and Housing Policy Watch — both of which I am the director and founder. In the article, allegations of anti-Semitism were made, along with the words “hate crime”. I would like to take […]

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Change Is Good

What a whirlwind couple of weeks this has been!  To all of you who have sent emails, facebook messages, tweets…a thousand thank yous for all of your support!  I’m going to try to answer some of your questions here — but feel free to keep those emails coming! A few people have asked about this […]

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Link Roundup

Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids read this one. The Chicago City Council approved a measure that offers renters protection if their apartment building goes into foreclosure. While many residents are pleased with […]

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Like Toadstools After a Rainstorm…

You’ve seen them, I know you have.  They pop up everywhere, as if by magic:  Bandit Signs.  They usually say “WE BUY HOUSES” or something similar, with a phone number — no company name, just the statement and a phone number, maybe a tag line. In both Baltimore City and Baltimore County, they’re illegal — […]

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Link Roundup

Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its Housing Security Unit.  These were the folks responsible for “investigating illegal occupants, nuisance activity, unsecured vacants and vandalism”, according to the article. Developer Mark Manzo wanted to […]

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Smoke Detectors Save Lives

A tragic fire in Pottsville, PA on Mother’s Day claimed the lives of six people — including four children under the age of 9.  No smoke detectors were found in the home, despite a visit from a Pottsville code administrator back in December, who recommended them. In Baltimore City, you can receive free smoke detectors, […]

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Link Roundup

Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those hit hard by predatory lending. Should landlords be allowed to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders?  (Or conversely, should landlords be able to run “Section 8 Only” […]

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Blogs Wanted!

Do you own a blog about your home or your neighborhood?  Please submit it — I’d like to start a section of links for people who are doing interesting things to their homes or in their communities!  Please, no commercial businesses — looking for personal blogs only. [contact-form subject=’Blog Submission’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ […]

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