Jackson, MS Now Has a Slumlord Watch!

Jeff Karer of Jackson left this lovely comment on our Facebook and I thought it would be nice to share it — it’s so nice to hear from people in other cities who are documenting blight and holding their governments and negligent property owners accountable! BSW, because of your site, which I stumbled upon who […]

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Beauty in the Most Unexpected Places

Today I was walking around West Baltimore with a reporter from WAMU, a NPR affiliate in DC.  I was showing him around, talking about housing policy and a million other topics…when we turned a corner…and happened upon these homes: Each home is covered in literally thousands of pieces of stained glass and mirror.  From the […]

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Blighted Baltimore Home Once the Site of a Horrific Murder

Featured on the blog a few days ago, this home on Pulaski Highway was once the site of a gruesome murder in 1994 that left the matriarch of a powerful Baltimore family dead. On November 16, 1994, Debra Stevens, a Gypsy palm reader and fortune teller, was found dead in her home. She had been […]

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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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A Dying Piece of Baltimore’s Industrial History: 611-661 S Monroe Street

If you’ve ever driven down Monroe Street to Washington Boulevard, you’ve seen this forlorn building next to the bridge: The brick wall is crumbing, and the building has been in disrepair for years.  On first glance, it appears to be just another one of Baltimore’s many vacant properties, left to rot over the decades.  However, […]

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Five Years…And Counting!

It was five years ago today that I wrote the very first post for this blog.  Back then, I had absolutely no idea the project would continue beyond a few months…maybe a year.  I didn’t understand the problem of vacancy in Baltimore — how bad it really was, what caused it, or anything much beyond […]

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Alleged Underhanded Real Estate Deal May Force Baltimore Business to Close

This is making the rounds on Facebook this morning, and thought it was worth sharing.  From Bolton Deli: ATTENTION NEIGHBORS: BOLTON DELI FACES EVICTION THIS MONTH AND NEEDS YOUR HELP! The facts: 1) After years of hard work and community support, Nick, the owner of Bolton Deli and MICA alum (Class of ‘10), sought guidance […]

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A Tale of a Missing Address: 101 Willard Street

A few months ago, I spent the day in Shipley Hill and Yale Heights, two of my favorite Baltimore neighborhoods.  Lots of interesting architecture, beautiful once-grand homes, tidy smaller homes — and yes, lots of blight, unfortunately. I came across a curious group of buildings — obviously an old factory complex, one of the buildings […]

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Reader-Submitted Blight: 211 W Lanvale Street

Update 3/14/2013: Neighbors report a sudden flurry of activity and work going on at this address, since our last post. Update: From the owner of the property (edited to remove unpleasant remarks): My name is Jim MacLaughlin and I am the managing partner of Three Cowboys Holding Co, LLC and American Management. We have a […]

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2500 Eutaw Place: A Story of Spite and Abandonment

Many thanks to Reader LR for playing tour guide and snooping around with me! Property Address:  2500 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Twenty Five Hundred Associates, 2312 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216 It’s worth noting that no such company is registered with the state.  Their address traces back to another company that […]

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