Jim Crow is Alive and Well…

Yesterday I posted an Instagram photo of a piece of graffiti [Name Withheld] did on the top of a building near Clipper Mill, and I had my first Instagram Fight. The photo I posted was this: Jim Crow Runs Bmore. Indeed “he” does, but having this idea, and saying so publicly, sparked a discussion about Read more about Jim Crow is Alive and Well…[…]

Campaign Promises

Before the election began, we sent all Baltimore City candidates a questionnaire about housing, and collected the responses. Now that the election is over and the candidates have taken office, it’s a good time to remind them of their responses, and also to remind them that we intend to hold them accountable for the state Read more about Campaign Promises[…]

Help Create Strong Advocates: Donate Today!

I’m starting to work on a new project, and need help with fundraising. This project is a joint effort between Housing Policy Watch and the Southwest Baltimore Charter School, an elementary-middle school located in the Pigtown neighborhood of Baltimore, and the neighborhood’s only school for students in grades six through eight. Two sixth grade teachers Read more about Help Create Strong Advocates: Donate Today![…]

Project C.O.R.E Community Meeting June 29

Please attend this important meeting regarding vacants and the implementation of Project C.O.R.E — the city/state partnership to demolish vacant homes. June 29, 6:00-8:00 PM Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 N Athol Avenue, 21229 Let the city know where you think we need more demolition, stabilization, or other strategies to address the city’s 30,000 vacant homes!

2015 and 2016 Outcomes: Thank You!

Successes and Outcomes: A Look at 2015 and 2016 I wanted to take a moment and update everyone on our progress. As donors, supporters, partners, and friends, I also want to take a moment to say thank you for everything, as none of these successes would have happened without your advice, financial support, and hard Read more about 2015 and 2016 Outcomes: Thank You![…]

Solution: Close the Tax Sale Loophole

With all of the recent discussion around collapsing vacants, negligent property owners, and the city’s tax sale system, there has been a lot of hand-wringing (and rightfully so, as someone was killed the other day when a vacant collapsed on a man while he was sitting in his car) and mutterings about tax sale foreclosures Read more about Solution: Close the Tax Sale Loophole[…]

The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned

It’s always interesting to ask a random group of people the same questions and see what you get back. I guarantee at the very least, you won’t be bored. Hopefully you’ll even be enlightened at the end of the process. Candidate surveys and politics in general are two things I tend to stay away from, Read more about The Housing Questionnaires: Lessons Learned[…]

District 14 City Council Candidates on Housing

Three candidates, including the incumbent City Councilwoman for District 14, responded to the housing questionnaire. Two of the candidate response pages are linked below: Mary Pat Clarke (incumbent) David Harding One candidate, Tom Boyce, sent me an email that simply said “Dear Carol, I don’t know.” in response to the questionnaire. When I replied, asking Read more about District 14 City Council Candidates on Housing[…]

District 14 City Council Candidate David Harding on Housing

David Harding was the second District 14 candidate to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for Read more about District 14 City Council Candidate David Harding on Housing[…]

District 14 City Council Candidate Mary Pat Clarke on Housing

Mary Pat Clarke, the incumbent Councilwoman for District 14, was the first to respond to our questionnaire. Her answers appear below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant houses. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you Read more about District 14 City Council Candidate Mary Pat Clarke on Housing[…]

No Response From District 13 City Council Candidates

Sadly, no responses were received from any of the District 13 candidates: George Johnson, Warren Branch (incumbent), Antonio Glover, Kenya Lee, Ronald Owens-Bey, and Shannon Sneed.

District 12 Candidate Ian Schlakman on Housing

Ian Schlakman was the only candidate from District 12 to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. The following candidates did not respond: Kelly Cross, Gary Crum, Ertha Harris, Jason Pyeron, Rashad Staton, Gordon Stock, and Frank Richardson. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean Read more about District 12 Candidate Ian Schlakman on Housing[…]

District 11 City Council Candidates on Housing

Two candidates responded to the housing questionnaire — their responses are linked below. Eric Costello (incumbent) Greg Sileo The following candidates did not respond:  Curtis Johnson, Harry Preston, and Dea Thomas.

District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing

Greg Sileo was the second of two candidates to respond to the housing questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Greg Sileo on Housing[…]

District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing

Eric Costello was appointed to the City Council after Bill Cole left to head BDC, and is now the incumbent. He was the first to respond to the housing questionnaire, and his responses appear below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your Read more about District 11 City Council Candidate Eric Costello on Housing[…]

District 10 City Council Candidates on Housing

Two candidates responded to the questionnaire, their responses are linked below: Ed Reisinger (incumbent) Christine Digman The following candidates did not respond:  Michael Nolet, Wanda Grimes, Charlie Metz, Erica White, and Amanda Maminski

District 10 City Council Candidate Christine Digman on Housing

Christine Digman was the second of two District 10 candidates to respond to the questionnaire. Her answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to Read more about District 10 City Council Candidate Christine Digman on Housing[…]

District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing

Ed Reisinger, the incumbent City Councilman, was the first of two candidates to respond to the questionnaire. His answers are below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. How do you intend to clean up blight in your district that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you Read more about District 10 City Council Candidate Ed Reisinger on Housing[…]

Radio Silence from District 9 City Council Candidates

No City Council candidates for District 9 responded to the housing questionnaire. The candidates are as follows: Kenneth Ebron, Octavia Njuhigu, Nathaniel Anderson, John Bullock, JB Kenney, Shawn Key, Pete Welch (the incumbent), Jamie Frierson, and Travis Robertson.

District 8 City Council Candidates on Housing

Three District 8 candidates responded to the questionnaire: Faraj Leach, Kristerfer Burnett, and David Maurice Smallwood. Links to their responses are below. Faraj Leach Kristerfer Burnett David Smallwood The following candidates did not respond to the questionnaire:  Joseph Brown, Nakia Washington, Benjamin Barnwell, Reginald Fugett, Russell Neverdon, and Dwayne Williams.