A Year Ago

On February 19, 2014, a natural gas explosion caused part of 447 N Lakewood Avenue to collapse, with three people taken to the hospital for their injuries. Also, a child died as part of the home fell on him as he was walking by on the sidewalk.  The child, Troy Douglas, was walking home from […]

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Blighted Baltimore Home Once the Site of a Horrific Murder

Featured on the blog a few days ago, this home on Pulaski Highway was once the site of a gruesome murder in 1994 that left the matriarch of a powerful Baltimore family dead. On November 16, 1994, Debra Stevens, a Gypsy palm reader and fortune teller, was found dead in her home. She had been […]

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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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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

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

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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Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children […]

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Reader-Submitted Blight: 1118 N Milton Street

Reader Rusty is on a roll! Property Address:  1118 N Milton Street, Baltimore, MD 21205 Property Owner:  William Lewis, 4018 Balfern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213/PO Box 20819, Baltimore, MD 21239 City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch State Senator: Nathaniel McFadden State Delegates: Talmadge Branch, Cheryl Glenn, Hattie Harrison This property was foreclosed on by a Florida company, […]

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