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[…]

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.

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 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[…]

WWJD? 1520 Hollins Street: Owner Demolishing Interior Without Permits, Damaging Home Next Door

Property Address:  1520 Hollins Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 Property Owner:  Jeanne Allert and Christopher Spoonire, same address/3727 Church Road, Ellicott City, MD 21043. City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch State Senator:  Verna Jones Rodwell State Delegates:  Keith Haynes, Keiffer Mitchell Jr, Melvin Stukes Neighbors in the community report this owner started Read more about WWJD? 1520 Hollins Street: Owner Demolishing Interior Without Permits, Damaging Home Next Door[…]

City-Owned Historic Blight

Property Address:  811 W Lanvale Street, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch It’s always a shame to walk around neighborhoods in Baltimore and see all of the blighted vacant homes. It’s even more disturbing when Read more about City-Owned Historic Blight[…]

WWJD? 801 N Arlington Avenue

Property Address:  801 N Arlington Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 Property Owner:  St. James Development Corporation, same address Registered Agent for St. James Development Corporation: Alice Pinderhughes, 201 N Charles Street, Suite 1600, Baltimore, MD 21201 City Council District and Contact:  District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch It would seem that wherever Alice Pinderhuges goes, blight is Read more about WWJD? 801 N Arlington Avenue[…]

A Block of Blight: West Side

Property Addresses:  115, 117, 119, 121, and 123 S. Franklintown Road, Baltimore, MD 21223 Owner of 115 S. Franklintown:  Adrien Mundle, 14728 Shiloh Court, Laurel, MD 20708 Owner of 117 S. Franklintown:  Kenya Macer, 2209 Southland Road, Baltimore, MD 21207 Owner of 119 S. Franklintown:  Abebe Holdings, LLC., 1045 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, NW, Atlanta, Read more about A Block of Blight: West Side[…]

The Vacant House and…the Large Multinational Corporation?

Who knew one house could be worth the time and trouble of a large multi-million dollar corporation?  Apparently this one is. Property Address:  1842 McHenry Street, Baltimore, MD 21223 Property Owner: (And this is where it gets tricky…see below the photo.)  1842 McHenry St, LLC, 1701 Kalonamia [sic] Rd NW, Baltimore, MD 20009 (the address Read more about The Vacant House and…the Large Multinational Corporation?[…]

Murder Victim Found Inside Slumlord-Owned Home

WBAL reported a body was found in a house fire on S. Monroe Street Wednesday morning.  According to a City source on the scene, the body was dumped in the vacant home, wrapped in plastic.  This is the second time a body wrapped in plastic was found in a burned home, according to the source.  Read more about Murder Victim Found Inside Slumlord-Owned Home[…]

The Ongoing Saga of 200 S. Calhoun Street

We stumbled across this building while on a walk through one of the more…marginal…areas of the city.  It’s a huge building — SDAT says 17,000 square feet — and it takes up most of the block where it’s located.  It appears that it was once used as a school, but not for a few decades, Read more about The Ongoing Saga of 200 S. Calhoun Street[…]

Accused Murderer Lived in Pigtown

Lavelva Merritt, one of two people accused of stabbing and robbing Johns Hopkins researcher Stephen Pitcairn, was a resident of Pigtown until May of 2010.  Her former address:  1166 Washington Boulevard, in City Council District 9.  You can read more about the robbery and murder here. Formerly owned by Section-8 slumlord Ronald Auth, the house Read more about Accused Murderer Lived in Pigtown[…]

Abandoned Home Burns, One Man Dies in SW Baltimore

Yet another abandoned home in Baltimore is destroyed by fire — two men were trapped inside, according to ABC2 News.  (Unfortunately, they say the fire was in Southeast Baltimore, when S. Carey Street is actually in Southwest Baltimore.)  One man was seriously injured, the other man died.  The house had previously been the subject of Read more about Abandoned Home Burns, One Man Dies in SW Baltimore[…]