Link Roundup

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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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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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

Occupancy fraud is on the rise across the country, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Speaking of occupancy fraud, I wonder if Maryland has gone after the taxpayers who have been illegally claiming the Homestead Tax Credit? Home prices weaken in the 3rd quarter of 2011.  (Link opens a PDF) So far 74 banks have […]

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Link Roundup

The City Paper has a link to Baltimore Housing’s “Draft 2010-2015 Consolidated Plan” in a short blog post by Ed Ericson — it’s a nice bedtime read, if housing horrors are your thing.  (Link opens a PDF). Looks like the chickens finally came home to roost for Anne Arundel County delegate Tony McConkey — his […]

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Link Roundup

Some interesting things in the news this week, and we wanted to make sure you saw them: With regard to the Mayor’s flip-flop on the split-rate property tax bill (HB1096/SB889) Senator George Della feels as though he “got sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver”, according to Jamie Smith-Hopkins in the Baltimore Sun.  We think that’s an […]

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We’d Like to Thank the Academy…

Actually, the Baltimore City Paper.  For calling us the “Best Citizen Journalism” in their Best of Baltimore issue. Thanks, City Paper — we appreciate the honor, and we appreciate all the good work you do to make our city a better place.

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Maryland Homestead Tax Fraud and Other News

We often wondered how many of our city’s non-resident property owners were taking the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit and claiming their property as “owner-occupied”.  We figured there had to be a few tax cheats out there, right? There were more than a few.  One of our readers found 384 of them, in fact.  Out of […]

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