Happy Holidays!

On the first day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…a house that was very slummy. On the second day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…two violations and a house that was very slummy. On the third day of Christmas, the slumlords gave to me…three faulty outlets, two violations, and a house that was Read more about Happy Holidays![…]

Help Save African-American History in 2016!

Start out your new year by attending this important CHAP hearing, so that 1232 Druid Hill Avenue can be declared a landmark. If you recall, Bethel AME Church, the owner of “Freedom House” (1234 Druid Hill Avenue) showed a complete lack of regard for its historic status and demolished the structure — let’s not let Read more about Help Save African-American History in 2016![…]

TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History

Bethel AME Church has demolished one of Baltimore’s historic civil rights landmarks, located at 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, and it’s unclear as to whether they want to demolish 1232. Neighbors, community activists, and preservationists are horrified by the lack of respect the church has shown towards these historic homes over the years. They’ve allowed them Read more about TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History[…]

2015 Historic Preservation Awards Nominations

Baltimore Heritage, a group I love and support, is holding their call for nominations again, for the 2015 Historic Preservation Awards. Historic preservation, particularly in a city like Baltimore that is experiencing a slight…identity crisis, shall we say…is incredibly important. When we fail to preserve our past, we lose what made us great — we Read more about 2015 Historic Preservation Awards Nominations[…]

Looking Forward to 2015: The Year of the Neighborhoods!

2015 is bringing some interesting challenges, but with challenges come opportunities. I’ve decided that here at HPW, 2015 is going to be the Year of the Neighborhoods. We’ll be focusing on making our neighborhoods stronger and safer, and also cleaner. Projects and activities are being planned — if your neighborhood is interested in participating, sign Read more about Looking Forward to 2015: The Year of the Neighborhoods![…]

GivingTuesday 2013

Really excited to announce that we’ll be part of #GivingTuesday this year.  In case you don’t know what it is — here’s the scoop: Thanks to the awesome folks at GiveCorps, on Tuesday, December the 3rd, it’s an all-out fundfest.  (Just to give you an idea as to how this could work, the Pittsburgh Foundation Read more about GivingTuesday 2013[…]

A Tale of a Missing Address: 101 Willard Street

A few months ago, I spent the day in Shipley Hill and Yale Heights, two of my favorite Baltimore neighborhoods.  Lots of interesting architecture, beautiful once-grand homes, tidy smaller homes — and yes, lots of blight, unfortunately. I came across a curious group of buildings — obviously an old factory complex, one of the buildings Read more about A Tale of a Missing Address: 101 Willard Street[…]

2500 Eutaw Place: A Story of Spite and Abandonment

Many thanks to Reader LR for playing tour guide and snooping around with me! Property Address:  2500 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Twenty Five Hundred Associates, 2312 W North Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21216 It’s worth noting that no such company is registered with the state.  Their address traces back to another company that Read more about 2500 Eutaw Place: A Story of Spite and Abandonment[…]

Who Lived There? 701 W Lafayette Avenue

This property was the subject of an earlier blog post that detailed the unlawful business practices of the owner, dating back to the 1940s.  It also got me to thinking about who lived there over the years. As it turns out, this property was lived in by not one, but two Baltimore City firemen.  The Read more about Who Lived There? 701 W Lafayette Avenue[…]

A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street

You can’t help but wonder about this building, and its ownership — it stands next to a random arch that’s not connected to anything, and the building seems old.  Really old.  And out of place — but it has an old sign attached that says “Hee Haw Carryout” and you know at one time, this Read more about A Most Curious Building: 1001 W Baltimore Street[…]

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 Read more about More Information: 801 N Arlington Avenue[…]