City-Owned Historic Blight: 1313 Druid Hill Avenue

This property is really amazing — you have to see it in person to appreciate its impact. Unfortunately, it’s also owned by the City and therefore, falling into ruin. It is on the National Register of Historic Properties. Property Address: 1313 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 (Home of the Friendless) Property Owner: Mayor and […]

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1318 Druid Hill Avenue: Historic Blight

Property Address: 1318 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Janice Stanton Hines, 3339 Charleston Street, Houston, TX 77021 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes The current owner of this home (a lawyer, no less) was jailed in Michigan, in 2010, for stealing […]

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City-Owned Historic Blight: 1326 Druid Hill Avenue

Property Address: 1326 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes Yet another Upton home going to waste, this time at the hands of the City. In […]

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WWJD? Church-Owned Blight: 1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue

Property Address: 1232 and 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Bethel AME Church, 1300 Druid Hill Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes The rear of 1234 has collapsed, due in part to years of neglect. The church […]

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429 Mosher Street

Property Address: 429 Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner: Marion Blackwell, 421 Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 City Council District and Contact: District 11, Eric T. Costello State Senator: Shirley Nathan-Pulliam State Delegate:  Keith Haynes The city filed for receivership of this property in November of last year, and it’s still in poor condition. Hopefully […]

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A Dying Piece of Baltimore’s Industrial History: 611-661 S Monroe Street

If you’ve ever driven down Monroe Street to Washington Boulevard, you’ve seen this forlorn building next to the bridge: The brick wall is crumbing, and the building has been in disrepair for years.  On first glance, it appears to be just another one of Baltimore’s many vacant properties, left to rot over the decades.  However, […]

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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

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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City-Owned Historic Blight

Property Address:  811 W Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch It’s always a shame to walk around neighborhoods in Baltimore and see all of the blighted vacant homes. It’s even more disturbing when […]

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More Information: 801 N Arlington Avenue

Many thanks to “Reader Tracey”, who offered more information on this once-grand and now-blighted stately home. The Sellers Mansion, built in 1868, is named after Mathew Bacon Sellers, Sr., who was president of the Northern Central Railway.  It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001, and is also on Baltimore Heritage’s […]

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