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December 19, 2013 by Baltimore Slumlord Watch

to Katherine Wells at The Atlantic for this piece that appeared on their website today.  If you’d like to support our work, please go here — your contribution is tax deductible, and much appreciated!

Let’s keep working towards making Baltimore a healthy, safe city for all!

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2 thoughts on “Many Thanks…

  1. Dan Morales says:

    This is amazing! I’ve pften wondered about this phenomena and how the city ought to require people to maintain thier properties to a minimum standard. We give citations for all sorts of code violations, but when the buildings are this derelict, it’s like it dosen’t matter. In fact, the people who live in these communities understand intuitively that they don’t matter to the city and to the rest of society because they’ve been abandoned. With all the money we throw at sports arenas and highways, you think we could at least show some civic pride and get some of these neighborhoods fixed up by the people who own the properties. Baltimore is an urban tragedy, one of many, but more so when you realize that a lot of it’s housing stock is so beautiful.

    Keep up the great work. It’s inspiring to know that a 45 year old mother of two would care as much about their city to make things better for it’s residents.

    • Baltimore Slumlord Watch says:

      Mr. Morales, thank you for your kind words. Yes, it is tragic to see what some of these negligent property owners have done to our communities. The message they send to the residents who live here, and to taxpayers all over the city is that we don’t matter — and for many decades, they’ve gotten away with it…sometimes with the blessing of our elected government. No more. And if anything, I hope to serve as a reminder to residents and our government that one person can raise enough hell to bring awareness to any problem — whether it’s housing, inequitable development, or whatever.

      The people of Baltimore deserve far better than what they’ve received over the past fifty years, and it is my intent to make sure we get a better deal for our tax money — even if it’s only in some small way.

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