Contact Your City Council Representative: Proposed Changes to CCC Routes are Bad for Baltimore

The Charm City Circulator, a free shuttle system that connects many of Baltimore’s neighborhoods to downtown is in jeopardy, and your help is needed. The Banner Route, which runs from Locust Point (including Fort McHenry, a popular tourist destination) to downtown, could be eliminated. The extension to the Purple Route, from Penn Station to Charles Read more about Contact Your City Council Representative: Proposed Changes to CCC Routes are Bad for Baltimore[…]

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Changes coming for BCFD firefighters — the mayor’s budget calls for longer hours, and a loss of 100 to 300 positions due to attrition (depending on which media source you read, the number changes).  This equates to longer hours for what amounts to less pay.  Unfair and unwarranted, how about giving other city employees the Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Lots of fires and injuries as a result of fires this week.  A sampling: Saturday’s two-alarmer on Falkirk Road forced two people to jump for safety, according to WBAL. Two firefighters were injured in a fire on W. North Avenue, one received first-degree burns, the other received second-degree burns.  Neither were determined to be life-threatening. Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University recently issued a report on investor activity in Atlanta.  Not surprisingly, the study found that investors were buying up property in neighborhoods where poverty and vacancy rates were high, and median home values were low. A group of Montgomery County legislators have introduced a bill that Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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![…]

Fire in Irvington

Three homes were ablaze in the Irvington neighborhood last Thursday night — two were vacant, one was occupied.  Among the fire companies summoned to the fire was Truck Company 10, one of the companies slated for closure, under the Mayor’s foolish budget cuts to public safety. After surveying the damage the following day, I have Read more about Fire in Irvington[…]

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New Chief of Administration at Baltimore Housing: The Daily Record reports that Margaret (Peggy) Webster has joined Baltimore Housing as chief of administration for project finance.  Hopefully she will be a strong voice in favor of paying the City’s lead paint settlements. Why is the city a mess?  It’s not a lack of money or Read more about Link Roundup[…]

As If Our City Wasn’t Slummy Enough…

…now they’ve decided to cut down some of the mature trees downtown, to facilitate the Grand Prix.  Please take a moment to sign the petition, and let our mayor know how you feel about this horrific plan. And if you’re on Twitter, follow @davetroy — the creator of the petition.  Kudos to him for staying Read more about As If Our City Wasn’t Slummy Enough…[…]

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An interesting article from the Village Voice about Orthodox Jewish slumlords.  In the end, let’s heap the blame on the Satmars? Oops, sorry housing project residents.  We’re taking out your park and putting in a charter school whether you like it or not. (Via @editbarry) While I’m all for the Red Line,  I have to Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Looks like Maryland isn’t the only state with a bid-rigging problem. Leader of “Metro Dream Homes” mortgage fraud scheme sentenced to 10 years in the clink.  That doesn’t sound very dreamy. Another mortgage scam artist gets 30 years in prison after causing the collapse of a Florida bank. New Jersey real estate scam artist Solomon Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Politicos tour blighted West Baltimore neighborhood, reports the Baltimore Sun. (Thanks to Reader MS for contributing the link!) We think this is a really bad idea, and the FHA needs to reconsider.  There’s a reason why “anti-flipping” regulations exist — to ignore them opens a can of worms for homebuyers and tenants. Homeownership levels at Read more about Link Roundup[…]

Yesterday’s Midday With Dan Rodricks

If you didn’t get a chance to listen to Dan Rodricks’ show on WYPR yesterday, with Mayor Rawlings-Blake and Housing Director Paul Graziano, here are some highlights — you can also listen to a podcast here. The City claims there are 16,000 vacant properties in Baltimore — we’re not convinced, especially when you have code Read more about Yesterday’s Midday With Dan Rodricks[…]

Vacants to Values

According to an article in the Baltimore Business Journal, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is rolling out a new program to encourage homeownership among teachers, fire fighters, and police officers.  Called “Vacants to Values”, the program will provide tax incentives for those who purchase vacant homes in Baltimore City. We think this is a great idea, and Read more about Vacants to Values[…]

Update: Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins Housing to Announce Aggressive Enforcement Action Taken to Rid Community of Drug Nuisance

An update to our earlier post: “Today, Baltimore City is serving notice to all landlords that we will not tolerate criminal activity in our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “To eradicate crime and blight caused by irresponsible landlords, we will use any and all enforcement tools at our disposal to remove the threat posed to Read more about Update: Mayor Rawlings-Blake Joins Housing to Announce Aggressive Enforcement Action Taken to Rid Community of Drug Nuisance[…]