So if you haven’t had a chance to wander down to Articulate:Baltimore and check out the artwork, you should.  I love this part of Baltimore — of course the thought of overpriced condo developments on Howard Street makes me nauseous…but hopefully the neighborhood will stay true to its roots, despite the recent attention and designation as an arts district.

If you’re a homeowner, you may be eligible for the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit.  You only have until December to apply, so act fast.  Please note, this tax credit is for owner occupied homes only — no rentals or second homes are eligible.

If you haven’t read it already, I was in Baltimore Magazine this month.  Kind of scary, but fun at the same time.  I also did a Q&A with Technically Baltimore — they appeal to my data nerd side, and I’m putty in their hands.

Edward Ericson, Jr. from the Baltimore City Paper has been writing about the debacle with the Prisoner’s Aid Association-owned properties that have been condemned, foreclosed on, or are in foreclosure.  It’s definitely worth reading both articles:  First Article  Second Article.

The Baltimore Sun reports that former District 2 councilman Nick D’Adamo was given a cushy job as a “Special Assistant” to BCFD Chief James Clack.  Hey…wasn’t recently-closed Squad 11 in District 2?

Speaking of dumb moves by government — Wayne County, MI (yeah that’s Detroit) is apparently getting rid of its ability to investigate and prosecute arson cases.  In Detroit.  A city with probably more arson than any other city in the world.

Just as BCFD Chief Clack finished crowing about his impressive fire statistics in front of the City Council — five people, a grandmother and four children, were killed in a house fire. As much as people like to bandy about impressive stats and data — isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?