Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes.

In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action.

Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s Housing Authority is paying for take-home cars for its employees, according to WBAL’s Jayne Miller.

Not to beat a dead horse, but PLEASE take the 2012 Baltimore Citizen Satisfaction Survey.  It’s like voting — if you can’t be bothered to do it, you shouldn’t bother complaining about not being heard.

The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning has a summary of lead legislation for the 2012 Maryland Legislative session.  Contact your legislators and ask them to support these important bills. (Link opens a PDF)

An elderly woman was found trapped in the collapsed rubble of a vacant home in Western Pennsylvania yesterday.  The woman was trapped for two days.

Fantastic news for Philadelphia!  Robert Coyle, the “Millionaire Slumlord” was charged with defrauding banks of $10 million.  Hopefully now his homes can be put in the hands of people who will fix them up and live in them.  And we hope he goes to prison for a long, long time.

Richmond, VA nonprofit warns of a “vacancy crisis” across the state.  In 2010, vacant homes represented 9% of Virginia’s total housing stock.