And we can’t understand why.
According to this story in the Baltimore Sun, the City is trying to revoke the license of a particularly troublesome apartment complex.
Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said he issued a notice late Monday of his intent to revoke the license of the Madison Park North Apartments in the 700 block of W. North Ave. A hearing is scheduled for September to determine the fate of the property and its residents, many of whom would be relocated with government assistance if the license is pulled.
This is a repeat of a similar story from five years ago:
City Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano said yesterday that Circuit Judge Evelyn O. Cannon’s decision was an “affirmation” of the new “property-based crime solutions program” that city officials are using to tackle problem properties.
“It really sends out a strong message to rental property owners that they better manage properly or they’re going to lose their license,” Graziano said.
City housing officials first moved against the Pall Mall Apartments – nicknamed “The Ranch” by police – in July, saying that drastic measures were needed to curb crime, drug dealing and unacceptable living conditions at the Northwest Baltimore building. City officials hailed the effort as a new approach to tackle crime and blight in neighborhoods by going after landlords who consistently fail to provide adequate security and living standards.
Sorry, but if Paul Graziano was serious about “[tackling] crime and blight in neighborhoods by going after landlords who consistently fail to provide adequate security and living standards”, this blog wouldn’t exist. Nor would there be 30,000+ houses in disrepair across the city. We need better laws, and people who will actually enforce them. Unless, of course, you enjoy reading the same story in the Sun every five or so years.