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![…]

Amendment to Baltimore’s New Zoning Code: OPPOSE

The Baltimore City Council will vote on an amendment* to Transform Baltimore TODAY that will: Forbid new tavern licenses or alcohol sales within 300 feet of a residence, school, church, park, or other tavern or liquor store. This makes any new liquor stores or bars illegal as a part of a new mixed use development, Read more about Amendment to Baltimore’s New Zoning Code: OPPOSE[…]

City Council Bill 15-0590 Demolition, etc. of City Structures

This bill would require a City Council hearing before any city-owned property was demolished or reconstructed, giving residents the opportunity to weigh in. Currently, there is no mechanism for citizen input unless the structure falls under the category of historic and requires a Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) hearing. What You Can Do Read more about City Council Bill 15-0590 Demolition, etc. of City Structures[…]

City Council Bill 12-0152 Transform Baltimore: SUPPORT

The City Council’s Land Use and Transportation Committee is reviewing and voting on the close to 1,000 amendments to Transform Baltimore, the new zoning code, which can be found here. After reviewing and voting on the text amendments, they will begin voting on the map amendments. Public hearings have been announced for the Land Use Read more about City Council Bill 12-0152 Transform Baltimore: SUPPORT[…]

Tomorrow, June 24: Hearing on Water Shutoff Moratorium

Make sure your voice is heard tomorrow, June 24, when the City Council holds a hearing on the water bill and shutoff moratorium. If you have an overdue water bill, you could lose your home — if you’re a tenant, this could mean a loss of water services, and/or a new owner for your property. Read more about Tomorrow, June 24: Hearing on Water Shutoff Moratorium[…]

More on Low Wages and the High Cost of Housing in Baltimore

MIT has a wonderful online resource that calculates a living wage vs. poverty wages, and it reinforces the data I posted in my previous post on salaries and the high cost of living in Baltimore City. Some highlights, assuming a household of one adult and one child: Only nine of the typical wage job categories Read more about More on Low Wages and the High Cost of Housing in Baltimore[…]

Baltimore City Needs a Staffed DPW Emergency Number

The number of emails I’ve received lately about water emergencies has reached a critical mass — including a text this morning from a neighbor whose home was in danger of being flooded because of a burst pipe in the street. (Thankfully, the fire department was able to take care of that, but I hate to Read more about Baltimore City Needs a Staffed DPW Emergency Number[…]

The Time for Affordable Housing is NOW.

Millions of Americans are paying more than 30% of their net monthly income for housing costs, resulting in overburdened households in danger of falling into poverty, if they’re not there already. In the Baltimore region, according to the new report released today by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, almost 50% of Read more about The Time for Affordable Housing is NOW.[…]

Urge the City Council to Support Neighborhood Commercial Zoning

Picture your neighborhood full of vibrant shops, locally-owned restaurants, interesting galleries, and other great spaces within walking distance of your house. If you’re lucky enough to live in a neighborhood that already has these things — imagine what our city could look like if every neighborhood had the same great opportunities. Neighborhood Commercial zoning is Read more about Urge the City Council to Support Neighborhood Commercial Zoning[…]

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 Read more about A 12-Step Program for Cities[…]

Important: Take the Survey and Make Sure You’re Heard!

Taking the 2012 Citizen Survey isn’t only a way to shape the future of Baltimore, it’s a way for you to make sure that as a resident — your voice counts!  Let our elected officials know how you feel about a wide variety of topics — and it’s anonymous. Take the survey today!