Dear Mayor Pugh,

Congratulations on winning the election. You’re now Baltimore City’s mayor instead of my State Senator, so hopefully being here instead of Annapolis, you’ll be more committed to Baltimore’s neighborhoods. Here are a few suggestions, with regard to housing in Baltimore that you may want to consider: Break Baltimore Housing and the Housing Authority of Baltimore Read more about Dear Mayor Pugh,[…]

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Moderate Income Housing Tax Credit: Support

We’ve long been champions for being proactive through public policy that can help to prevent the downward financial spiral faced by so many middle-income families across our city, and have found that high rental housing costs in the Baltimore metro region are the the reason why so many people are having difficulty getting a handle Read more about Moderate Income Housing Tax Credit: Support[…]

Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting

“I wish they wouldn’t post those here, they make our neighborhood look trashy.” I hear this a lot about bandit signs — those “WE BUY HOUSES” signs that pop up like toadstools after a storm. And yes, they do make a neighborhood look trashy. But even worse — they’re the new tool for blockbusting. For Read more about Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting[…]

City Council President Candidate Susan Gaztañaga on Housing

Susan Gaztañaga was the fourth candidate to respond to the housing questionnaire, and her responses appear below, with no edits: Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan to direct the City Council for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose Read more about City Council President Candidate Susan Gaztañaga on Housing[…]

City Council President Candidates on Housing in Baltimore

Four candidates managed to get their responses back in a relatively timely fashion — each candidate, as with the mayoral candidates, will receive their own page, with their response listed in its entirety with no edits. It should be noted that the following City Council President candidates did not respond to the questionnaire:  David Anthony Read more about City Council President Candidates on Housing in Baltimore[…]

City Council President Candidate Kim Trueheart on Housing

Kim Trueheart’s responses appear below, with no edits. She was the third candidate to respond to the questionnaire. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan to direct the City Council for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about City Council President Candidate Kim Trueheart on Housing[…]

City Council President Candidate Jack Young on Housing

Jack Young is currently the City Council President, and is running to keep his seat. His answers to the housing questionnaire appear below, with no edits: Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan to direct the City Council for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous Read more about City Council President Candidate Jack Young on Housing[…]

City Council President Candidate Connor Meek on Housing

Mr. Meek was previously running for mayor and answered the same questionnaire as a mayoral candidate. However, since he is now running for City Council President, I felt it was only fair to include him in this candidate batch as well. His responses to the questions are below, with no edits: Baltimore City has 30,000+ Read more about City Council President Candidate Connor Meek on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate Frank Logan on Housing

Finishing up with the last of the mayoral candidates on their housing positions, here are Frank Logan’s answers to the questionnaire, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose Read more about Mayoral Candidate Frank Logan on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate Alan Walden on Housing

Mr. Walden’s answers to the housing questionnaire appear below, with no edits. 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for your plan? Not all of the tens of thousands Read more about Mayoral Candidate Alan Walden on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate Patrick Gutierrez on Housing

The second of the second-round candidates to respond in the correct format is Patrick Gutierrez. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about Mayoral Candidate Patrick Gutierrez on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate Joshua Harris on Housing

The first of the second-round candidates to respond in the correct format is Joshua Harris. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay Read more about Mayoral Candidate Joshua Harris on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate David Warnock on Housing

The fourth candidate to respond in the correct format is David Warnock. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to pay for your plan? Read more about Mayoral Candidate David Warnock on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate LaVern Murray on Housing

The third candidate to respond in the correct format to our four questions was LaVern Murray. Her answers are below, as transcribed by her Committee Chairmen [sic] Brennan A. Murray, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or Read more about Mayoral Candidate LaVern Murray on Housing[…]

Mayoral Candidate Tirell A. M. “Mack” Clifton on Housing

The second candidate to respond in the correct format to our four questions was Mack Clifton. His answers are below, with no edits: 1. Baltimore City has 30,000+ vacant homes. Do you have a plan for cleaning up the blight that isn’t a rehash or continuation of previous plans? And how do you propose to Read more about Mayoral Candidate Tirell A. M. “Mack” Clifton on Housing[…]

2016 Mayoral Candidates on Housing

Candidates were asked for their plan to address vacants and other housing issues in the city, with the idea of publishing their responses so residents could better understand where each candidate stands on this issue. Each candidate was given the same four questions, along with the same amount of time to answer. Baltimore City has Read more about 2016 Mayoral Candidates on Housing[…]

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[…]

Support HB1143 / SB799 and Prevent Landlord Retaliation

Bill Information: Sponsored by Delegates Frush, Braveboy, Bobo, Fraser-Hidalgo, Glenn, and Hucker, HB1143  and SB799 (sponsored by Senators Ramirez, Forehand, and Manno) would prevent a landlord from refusing to renew a tenant’s lease if the tenant complained about unsafe conditions in the home. Why This Bill is Important:  Tenants have a right to live in Read more about Support HB1143 / SB799 and Prevent Landlord Retaliation[…]

Last Link Roundup of 2012!

A recap of all the newsworthy links in 2012. January Early in 2012, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was grilled by the MD Legislature about the status of the city’s lead paint judgements.  The city was refusing to pay, saying the judgement would bankrupt the city — a shame they didn’t think about that before allowing children Read more about Last Link Roundup of 2012![…]