City Drops Ball, Citizens Go Public on Facebook, City Says “Don’t Do That”.

Residents in one Baltimore neighborhood have been complaining about one house for months. 311 calls, online complaints, emails to Councilman Curran’s office — and nothing was done…until the residents banded together on their neighborhood’s Facebook group, as reported by the Baltimore Brew. For months, the residents of the home were dumping human waste into the […]

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Haven’t done one of these in a while, so there are lots of random interesting links! Oh, the things people do in and around vacants…don’t let your kids read this one. The Chicago City Council approved a measure that offers renters protection if their apartment building goes into foreclosure. While many residents are pleased with […]

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Lots of good stuff in the news this week! In the Baltimore Sun, Luke Broadwater reports the Housing Authority of Baltimore City has disbanded and laid off its Housing Security Unit.  These were the folks responsible for “investigating illegal occupants, nuisance activity, unsecured vacants and vandalism”, according to the article. Developer Mark Manzo wanted to […]

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Home ownership rates fell to an 18-year low, according to a report issued by the US Census Bureau on Thursday. Banks are retreating from low-income neighborhoods, especially those hit hard by predatory lending. Should landlords be allowed to discriminate against Section 8 voucher holders?  (Or conversely, should landlords be able to run “Section 8 Only” […]

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If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk! Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and […]

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Changes coming for BCFD firefighters — the mayor’s budget calls for longer hours, and a loss of 100 to 300 positions due to attrition (depending on which media source you read, the number changes).  This equates to longer hours for what amounts to less pay.  Unfair and unwarranted, how about giving other city employees the […]

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Detroit braces for a state takeover, Governor Snyder cites lack of city services to citizens as a catalyst for action. As much as Baltimore denies its Rust Belt status, looking to other cities like Pittsburgh for ways to revitalize in a sustainable way might be the better route, says an article in Yale’s undergrad journal […]

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ABC 2 News reports a vacant caught fire and burned in SW Baltimore — according to state and city tax records, the address in question doesn’t exist. Harriet M Taylor of Ellicott City was sentenced to two years in prison and five years supervised release for her role in a mortgage fraud scheme. Steve Kilar […]

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As you can imagine, folks in Cleveland are tired of slumlords, too.  And they had some words for an absentee slumlord who lives in Florida. In New York, an attorney was convicted on multiple counts of mortgage fraud, but the NY Attorney General lost a few counts, despite testimony from the attorney’s employees. An office […]

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NY AG to Wells Fargo — You’re violating the terms of the mortgage settlement agreement.  (Surprise, surprise, Wells Fargo is up to its shady business again….) Also from DSNews, the feds have decided to go after companies for their mortgage advertising tactics, particularly the way they target seniors and veterans.  Add your thoughts to this […]

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