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[…]

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 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[…]

The Housing Questionnaire: Candidate Responses

Questionnaires were sent to all mayoral candidates, city council candidates, and city council president candidates about housing issues in Baltimore City. Each group was sent the same questions, and were given a strict deadline. Each group’s responses are linked below: Mayoral Candidates City Council President Candidates City Council Candidates, By District: District 1 District 2 Read more about The Housing Questionnaire: Candidate Responses[…]

A Broken System: One Neighbor’s Ongoing Saga

I thought it would be interesting, and potentially helpful, to post the ongoing saga one person has endured while trying to report a negligent property owner and the city’s lack of response to a citizen. Fall 2011 Vacant was reported through the City’s 311 system, as a piece of the cornice was coming off and Read more about A Broken System: One Neighbor’s Ongoing Saga[…]

It’s Only Bal-ti-more Wasteland…

My apologies to the Who. Made a quick trip on the “other side” of North Avenue to see what was back there, more importantly how many abandoned homes there were, and who owns them.  There are literally hundreds — I didn’t have time to document even a third of them, and I was very disappointed Read more about It’s Only Bal-ti-more Wasteland…[…]

More Blighted Blocks in East Baltimore

Property Address:  1504 through 1528 Brentwood Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202 and 404 through 422 E. Oliver Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 Property Owner:  Station Place, LLC, 701 McCulloh Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 Registered Owner for Station Place, LLC:  Raj Sehgal, 701 McCulloh Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 City Council District and Contact:  12th District, Jack Young Described Read more about More Blighted Blocks in East Baltimore[…]

A Sea of Blight: Biddle & Barclay Streets, East Baltimore

Update (11/9/2012):  According to this press release from the Mayor’s office, the 1100 block of Barclay Street has been demolished. There were too many houses to photograph individually, so we’ve provided you with a couple of views.  Most of the homes we saw today were abandoned — at least 90-95% of them. This part of Read more about A Sea of Blight: Biddle & Barclay Streets, East Baltimore[…]