Link Roundup

If you live in Baltimore City, you won’t want to miss this important meeting regarding the second round of proposed irresponsible cuts to the fire department.  Your home and family could be at risk! Yet another mortgage fraudster who operated in a low-income part of Philly has been caught and charged with fraud.  Slumlords and Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Columbus mayor:  City will spend money to demolish unsafe vacant homes. In Chicago, a young girl was raped at gunpoint between two vacant homes in the West Englewood neighborhood.  Neighbors say the vacants are more than just a threat to property values, and they want action. Instead of paying lead paint lawsuit judgments, the city’s Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Lots of links this evening — enjoy! US Conference of Mayors adopts resolution supporting Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (from the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning). Apparently someone out  there thinks the City’s “Vacants to Values” program is a good thing, because Mayor Rawlings-Blake was given an award.  We’re still searching for the “Value” Read more about Link Roundup[…]

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Boston tenants fight to keep low-income housing, despite wishes of landlord. African-Americans are leaving declining cities for the South, in record numbers, according to the New York Times. Most Americans think you shouldn’t walk away from your mortgage.  What do you think? More on the City’s refusal to pay lead-paint judgments — Maryland Senators aren’t Read more about Link Roundup[…]

An Idea for Baltimore City: Slumlord Ordered to Live in Vacant Home

According to the Richmond Slumlord Watch blog, via the Richmond Times-Dispatch, one of Richmond, Virginia’s slumlords has been ordered to spend 30 days in jail and then move into one of his vacant properties: Convicted slumlord Oliver C. Lawrence will split his 70 days of incarceration between the Richmond City Jail and a vacant house Read more about An Idea for Baltimore City: Slumlord Ordered to Live in Vacant Home[…]