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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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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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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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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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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So if you haven’t had a chance to wander down to Articulate:Baltimore and check out the artwork, you should.  I love this part of Baltimore — of course the thought of overpriced condo developments on Howard Street makes me nauseous…but hopefully the neighborhood will stay true to its roots, despite the recent attention and designation […]

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“Stealing Trust”, an award-winning film by John Spillane, will be shown in Frederick on Wednesday, at 7 PM.  The film documents victims of mortgage fraud across Maryland. Lorain, Ohio is using an interesting method to move vacant homes to demolition — search warrants. Kenneth Koehler of Baltimore has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, in a […]

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Weed vigilantes in Detroit clean up their neighborhood, including vacants. More in Detroit — hundreds of volunteers got together to board up vacants near school routes so kids would be safer.  I would be up for such a project here in Baltimore — any takers? Charges filed in Patterson Park mortgage fraud case. Baltimore City […]

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