Link Roundup

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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Smoke Detectors Save Lives

A tragic fire in Pottsville, PA on Mother’s Day claimed the lives of six people — including four children under the age of 9.  No smoke detectors were found in the home, despite a visit from a Pottsville code administrator back in December, who recommended them. In Baltimore City, you can receive free smoke detectors, […]

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Link Roundup

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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Link Roundup

A Baltimore mortgage appraiser was sentenced to 15 months in prison for his role in a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded lenders of approximately $2.5 million. Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a popular concept with planners and urbanists, but who does it benefit?  Shelterforce offers some ways to improve TOD and make it more inclusive. If […]

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Two-Alarm Fire Guts Three Vacants, Damages Occupied Home in Pigtown

BCFD was called to a two-alarm fire in the 1100 block of Ward Street in Pigtown this morning, at approximately 0600, where they found three vacant homes on fire.  The fourth home was occupied, and was severely damaged. The fourth home was rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake, and is at present uninhabitable. […]

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Link Roundup

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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Link Roundup

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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Link Roundup

Lots of fires and injuries as a result of fires this week.  A sampling: Saturday’s two-alarmer on Falkirk Road forced two people to jump for safety, according to WBAL. Two firefighters were injured in a fire on W. North Avenue, one received first-degree burns, the other received second-degree burns.  Neither were determined to be life-threatening. […]

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Reader-Submitted Blight: 1430-1432 Druid Hill Avenue – BCFD Was Here

Again, thanks to Reader LP for this submission! Property Address:  1430-1432 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Martin and Susan Johnson, 2930 N Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21244 City Council District and Contact: District 11, William Cole State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes  

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