Six years ago today I started a little project…something to keep me busy and focused after being laid off from my job. I had no idea how long the project would last, and I had no idea where it would take me — but I was compelled to push forward. I remember there were days during that first few months — I didn’t even have the money to take the bus across town…so I would walk. And walk. And walk. East side to west, and back again.

Fast forward six years and I’m still at it. Slow and steady progress has been made, thanks to all of you!  The project continues to move in different directions, but the goal remains the same: my commitment to making sure our residents have the ability to make their neighborhoods safer and stronger, and the ability to feel a sense of ownership and pride in those changes. Nor will that ever continue. This is your city, folks — let’s keep making Baltimore stronger and better, one vacant at a time. Together.

Thank you all so very much for your support, your help, and your kindness. I look forward to another six years of success, accomplishments, laughs, and hijinks.


Carol Ott