Dear Mayor Rawlings-Blake,

In response to your letter in the Sun, I’d like to remind you that many Republicans inside and outside of Baltimore City, including me, have offered this City a great deal of time, money, and energy — along with solutions for raising tax revenue.  Yet, because we carry the stigma of the Red R — […]

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Make Sure Your Voice is Heard! No Cuts to BCFD!

Baltimore City residents, business owners, and property owners — contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake and let her know how you feel about cuts to our fire department! 410-396-3835 or [email protected] — do it TODAY! Also, contact your City Council representative, and make sure they’re voting in favor of City Council President Jack Young’s amended budget — CCP […]

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Mayor Rawlings-Blake to Close Three Fire Companies

The three fire companies chosen for closure by our irresponsible city government are as follows: Truck 10 Squad 11 Truck 15 If you live in the following neighborhoods, you need to be aware of the fact that these closures will affect you — and others across the city, if additional help is needed. Truck 10 […]

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A 12-Step Program for Cities

Given the success of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous, and Narcotics Anonymous — I thought it would be interesting to see what would happen if those same twelve steps were modified slightly, to fit the needs of cities.  Keep in mind, this is not meant to poke fun at AA or NA, or those who […]

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Don’t Let Mayor Rawlings-Blake Compromise Your Safety! Keep All Fire Stations Open!

The Mayor has announced the 2013 preliminary budget for Baltimore City — one of the highlighted items is the closure of three yet-to-be-announced firehouses.  You can, and should, download and read the budget for yourself here. If the City has the money for large developer tax breaks, car races that cost city taxpayers millions of […]

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Link Roundup

Oh boo hoo!  Maryland property managers think it’s too much to pay what amounts to $4 a month for lead paint insurance.  Seems to me it’s cheaper than a multi-million dollar lawsuit. Ohio’s Attorney General designated part of the mortgage lawsuit settlement towards demolishing vacants.  Some say this money should go to homeowners — what […]

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“Vacants to Values”: Investors Need Not Apply?

From what we’re hearing about the City’s new “Vacants to Values” program, property investors will not be welcome — in other words, this isn’t business as usual in Baltimore. When Michael Guye, Director of the Office of Homeownership, was asked about the program and the involvement of investors, he offered this: “The incentive money obtained […]

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Take Action!

Please take action today, and contact Mayor Rawlings-Blake — ask her to make sure the Vacants to Values program has strict residency requirements, and doesn’t provide more opportunity for flipping, a criminal offense that was outlawed — although, you’d never know that by watching the Baltimore real estate market.  While many investors are honest…many are […]

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Link Roundup

More on the mayor’s “Vacants to Values” plan. The National Dialogue on Green and Healthy Homes is open for comments.  Log in and make sure your voice and great idea is heard! There are two more workshops open to renters in foreclosure, at the Public Justice Center on Charles Street — November 16th and December […]

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