Dear Readers,

It was one year ago today that I sat down to write the very first blog post.  When I started this blog, I had no idea anyone would read it, let alone care about the issue.  I could never imagine the number of people who would send emails, leave comments, and join our Facebook group, or follow us on Twitter.

Over the course of the past year, we’ve seen a few houses fixed up, a few demolished, and many continue to languish — empty and abandoned, a constant reminder that Baltimore has a long way to go in the struggle against poverty, crime, and apathy.  Those of you who have contributed in even the smallest of ways have convinced me to keep going — you’ve convinced me that we can make a difference. People are listening — people who have the ability to change things in this city.  We’ve succeeded in making people uncomfortable, showing people that life does not exist in a vacuum, and accountability and transparency are more than political buzzwords.

So I guess this is my roundabout way of saying thanks for a great year, and we look forward to the day when — with your help — we can finally write ourselves out of existence, the day when the problems that plague our city no longer exist.  I am forever grateful for your help, backstage cheerleading, and even your angry emails.

Here’s to the day when “blight” is no longer a word used to describe our neighborhoods.

Your Faithful Editor