Today is the four-year anniversary of this project — I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for FOUR years.  That seems crazy to me, especially when you consider I never thought I’d have more than a handful of readers, Twitter followers, or Facebook friends.

However, with each year that goes by, it’s become apparent that Baltimore needed this, and continues to need it.  Negligent property owners are still running amok in our communities — mainly in communities where they thought nobody would ever go, nobody would ever pay attention.  Little did they know, those are the neighborhoods I never knew existed until I started this project — and little did they know, those are the neighborhoods where I find the greatest support.  There’s nothing like hearing stories from an 86 year old woman who’s lived in her home since the 1960s — hearing about how hard it was “back then” for her and her husband to buy a home in a white neighborhood.  I get to hear about the struggles and the triumphs, the disappointments and the fear — and I get to hear about the never-ending hope and determination that someday things will change.

I look forward to seeing what the next few years bring — more stories, more changes, and most important — more hope and determination.