Housing sales are down, but mortgage fraud is up in the 2nd quarter of 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Housing prices rose in Detroit, according to the latest S&P/Case-Shiller Index — while in most metro areas, housing prices declined.  (Link opens a PDF)

Speaking of Detroit — Mayor Bing is cracking down on blight in some neighborhoods — you’ve been warned, Detroit property owners.

Baltimore eyes federal funding to combat blight — we’re not convinced, since the program doesn’t allow enough money for demolition.

According to a survey conducted by the National League of Cities, two-thirds of city finance officers have cut back or canceled public works projects, due to shrinking tax revenue.

Oh, that CBS Local “Most Valuable Blogger” thing?  Yeah…we won.  Thanks to everyone who voted and sent lots of encouragement.

This is what can when a city doesn’t have a redevelopment plan for a low-income housing project.

There’s a “Wire Tour of Baltimore”? I think I’m the only person in the world who hasn’t seen the show.

There’s been a rash of firebombings/Molotov cocktail attacks around the city.