One of the best things about doing this project is the way I get to watch neighbors take charge of their neighborhood — or at least their block.  This gem was submitted by a South Baltimore neighbor who writes:

Recently, the city sent residents of this hidden street a notice of potential fines if the sidewalk in front of their property was not fixed to their standards. One neighbor who did not obey received a $4,000 fine. It’s ridiculous that the city has time to send notices and fines for sidewalk conditions, but can’t send a slum lord a notice or fine about his or her rat-infested property.

Dear Reader, I couldn’t agree more.  Fining residents $4000 for having a sidewalk in disrepair, when a property owner is allowed to leave a property in disrepair — one they’ve owned since 1998.

The owner of this property also owns Pizza Time in Morrell Park — what is it with owners of pizza joints and slum property??  The company charter has been forfeited.

Property Address:  110 Burnett Street, Baltimore, MD 21230

Property Owner:  Choudhry Sultan Mahmood, 2511 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230

City Council District and Contact:  District 11, William Cole

State Senator:  William Ferguson IV

State Delegates:  Pete HammenLuke ClippingerBrian McHale

110 Burnett Street
110 Burnett Street
110 Burnett Street, rear
110 Burnett Street, rear
110 Burnett Street, rear entrance to basement, which has become a haven for rats.
110 Burnett Street, rear entrance to basement, which has become a haven for rats.