If you haven’t been reading the “Living Apart” series on ProPublica, you’re really missing out. The series is about fair housing in the US, and how things went terribly wrong, despite the best intentions of lawmakers on both sides of the fence. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.
Baltimore City demolished a block of vacants in West Baltimore — nice to see. It will be interesting to see what the city does with that empty space — homes, or community gardens…or both? You can see how the block looked before demolition here. Note to Baltimore Housing — Contrary to what it says in your press release, Shipley Hill is in West Baltimore, not East.
It’s no secret I’m against Maryland’s Question 7 — and here’s one of the many reasons why I will be voting against it. Giving money earmarked for poor communities like Pigtown, Sharp-Leadenhall, and Westport to wealthy casino developers just doesn’t sit well with me.
If you’ve been following the Baltimore City audit debacle in the news, you might be interested in reading the peer review comments by the Association of Local Government Auditors, and the City’s response to those comments. It’s…enlightening, to say the least.
In Milwaukee, WI, foreclosed and abandoned homes continue to be a problem — yet Wisconsin’s governor Scott Walker used settlement money received from a federal mortgage abuse lawsuit to balance the budget.
Want to buy that vacant foreclosure next door before it becomes a neighborhood nuisance? That may be harder than you think.
Louisville, KY is the next city to create a registry of vacant homes, and a plan for what to do when owners don’t maintain them.
Foreclosed home caretakers sue a Bank of America affiliate in California, claiming the company cheated them out of overtime and wages.
And in the WTF category…If you come home from work one day and find your dishes were done and there’s a bill on the counter, this Cleveland woman may be to blame.