Lots of lawsuit links this week!

A Federal judge has given the go-ahead for a couple of lawsuits against Wells Fargo, including Baltimore City’s.  As you may recall, Baltimore City had a hard time getting its act together, and their initial lawsuit was dismissed by Judge Motz.  Then another one was denied.I would say maybe the third time’s a charm for Charm City…except the third lawsuit was also dismissed, and the current one is actually the fourth.

For you policy nerds, Brookings has released a new report on strategies for reclaiming vacant land/property as a way to kickstart economic growth.  Another way to deal with blight is to erect a giant ferris wheel and pray people can’t see around it.

Banks and lawyers aren’t playing nice-nice, so some foreclosures are in limbo, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Another one for the housing policy nerds among you — there are lots of nasty buildings in the Bronx, and there’s a report to prove it.

Speaking of lawyers and banks not playing nice-nice…the DOJ is suing Deutsche Bank.  So is the City of Los Angeles.  Can’t we just all get along?

One person who’s probably not a fan of lawyers these days — the former director of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority.  It would seem he got a little loosey-goosey with the HA’s cash, and bribed contractors.

If you’re looking for a new job, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition is looking for a Development Assistant.  You might want to hurry up and apply, because the national unemployment rate just went back up to 9%.

If you’re a fan of street art you’ll want to check out this new installation by Gaia, Nanook, and Sebastian Martorana — “Succession”, Monday May 16, 5PM to 7:30PM — 307 W. Baltimore Street.  (Link goes to a Facebook event page).