Baltimore Jury Awards Record Lead Paint Damages Against HABC

From Dolan Media: A Baltimore City jury has awarded a 23-year-old woman nearly $21 million in a lead paint verdict, finding the victim suffered the poisoning while living in an apartment owned and maintained by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City. The jury’s Wednesday verdict — about $825,000 in economic damages and $20 million in […]

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Link Roundup

HUD awards Baltimore City Housing Authority $250,000 to address security, crime.  (Link opens a PDF).  Hopefully this will benefit not only the people who live in HABC housing, but also the residents in the surrounding neighborhoods. Fiscal Times writer Liz Peek says the Obama administration still has no policy to address the US housing bust.  […]

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Phase One of $85 Million Barclay Redevelopment Begins

From the HABC press release: Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake attended the groundbreaking for the first phase of a major redevelopment initiative in Baltimore’s Barclay/ Old Goucher neighborhood.   The $85 million dollar redevelopment plan for the neighborhood was developed by community residents, neighborhood organizations, local developers, neighborhood social service providers, and city officials, in collaboration with urban/housing […]

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It’s Only Bal-ti-more Wasteland…

My apologies to the Who. Made a quick trip on the “other side” of North Avenue to see what was back there, more importantly how many abandoned homes there were, and who owns them.  There are literally hundreds — I didn’t have time to document even a third of them, and I was very disappointed […]

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Update: Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins Housing to Announce Aggressive Enforcement Action Taken to Rid Community of Drug Nuisance

An update to our earlier post: “Today, Baltimore City is serving notice to all landlords that we will not tolerate criminal activity in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “To eradicate crime and blight caused by irresponsible landlords, we will use any and all enforcement tools at our disposal to remove the threat posed to […]

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Baltimore Housing: Your Tax Dollars At Work

At one time, Perlman Place was a place of promise.  Llocated near the American Brewery complex in East Baltimore, houses along Perlman were supposed to have been redeveloped as luxury homes.  Instead, the homes on Perlman Place are being demolished, according to the Baltimore Sun. Perlman Place is a tiny street wedged between North Avenue […]

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Mayor’s Transition Team Report

Yesterday”s Baltimore Sun has an article about the Mayor’s Transition Team Report, and some of the more relevant findings.  It seems Baltimore Housing received quite a bit of criticism from the committee, citing delays in funding, a lack of a clear vision for neighborhood revitalization, and a lack in proactivity and leadership. According to the […]

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Baltimore Housing Receives $5.8 Million of Foreclosure Aid

From Baltimore Housing: Baltimore, MD (December 10, 2009) – Baltimore Housing has received a total of $5.8 million from Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP). As part of the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, Congress created […]

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Tired of Your Neighborhood Looking Trashy?

In a small way, Baltimore Housing has redeemed itself. Today we happened to receive an email from a reader that included a link to the new citation search on Baltimore Housing’s website.  It would seem that our erstwhile Housing Department has “borrowed” our method of shaming people into compliance, and you can now see firsthand […]

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