City-Owned Blight: 217 S Woodyear Street

Property Address: 217 S Woodyear Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

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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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City-Owned Blight: 1615 W Baltimore Street

This property was on the Board of Estimates agenda (link opens a PDF), to be sold in 2013 to a developer. There is nothing available to suggest that sale took place. Property Address: 1615 W Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council […]

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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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Update: 923-927 Washington Boulevard

These properties are scheduled to be demolished July 1, 2015. One other property on this block was demolished (a large corner building) and the parcel will be turned into a fenced parking lot for the short term. Hopefully someone will eventually purchase the lot and build something to benefit the surrounding neighborhood. In the meantime, […]

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2124 Greenmount Avenue

Property Address: 2124 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218 Property Owner:  Gregory Melton and Glenford Foy, same address City Council District and Contact:  District 12, Carl Stokes State Senator:  Joan Carter Conway State Delegates:  Curtis Anderson, Mary Washington, Maggie McIntosh This home was purchased from One House At A Time, the city’s receiver for vacant properties, […]

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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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BCFD Was Here: 1523 Hazel Street

Property Address: 1523 Hazel Street, Baltimore, MD 21226 Property Owner: ETS Maryland, LLC, 3604 Eastern Avenue, #300, Baltimore, MD 21224 (charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing) ETS Maryland is one of the tax-sale foreclosure bidders that was controlled by former attorneys Anthony DeLaurentis, John Reiff, and John Reid before they were […]

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