1223 Argyle Avenue

This is a curious old building, tucked away in a residential neighborhood that’s home to some blighted blocks, an apartment complex, and a new-ish suburban-looking subdivision. On further research, it turns out that this property might be the oldest school building in Baltimore City, built in 1858. A shame that once again, the city has […]

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Keeping an Eye on one of Baltimore’s Historic Industrial Sites

The Eigenbrot Brewery is located in the historic Shipley Hill neighborhood of Southwest Baltimore, and is part of Baltimore’s rich industrial history. The brewery closed with the advent of prohibition, in 1920. Several other companies have used the buildings for various other manufacturing endeavors, yet today it remains a forlorn abandoned group of buildings, tucked […]

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1853 W North Avenue: Murder and Abandonment

Property Address: 1853 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Marcy Enterprises, Inc. 11106 Savoy Road, Chesterfield, VA 23235 (Corporate charter is forfeited, no resident agent found.) City Council District and Contact:  District 7, Nick Mosby State Senator:  Catherine Pugh State Delegates:  Barbara Robinson, Frank Conaway, Jr., Antonio Hayes Interesting side story to this […]

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Because Preservation Matters

This morning I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and came across this post, about a down-at-the-heels Italianate home that was once quite lovely, but was left to languish. In 1967, along with a few other homes nearby, it was purchased and restored, and was bequeathed to the National Trust for Historic Preservation upon the […]

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City-Owned Historic Blight: 1313 Druid Hill Avenue

This property is really amazing — you have to see it in person to appreciate its impact. Unfortunately, it’s also owned by the City and therefore, falling into ruin. It is on the National Register of Historic Properties. Property Address: 1313 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 (Home of the Friendless) Property Owner: Mayor and […]

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City-Owned Historic Blight: 1326 Druid Hill Avenue

Property Address: 1326 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes Yet another Upton home going to waste, this time at the hands of the City. In […]

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Because we all need a little more poetry in our lives…

The House with Nobody in It: Joyce Kilmer Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black. I suppose I’ve passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute And look at the house, the tragic house, the house […]

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Six Years Today!

Six years ago today I started a little project…something to keep me busy and focused after being laid off from my job. I had no idea how long the project would last, and I had no idea where it would take me — but I was compelled to push forward. I remember there were days […]

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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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Happy Holidays!

From my family to yours, have a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season!

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