Tagged: Toledo

Link Roundup

Owner of a Maryland title company pleads guilty to stealing almost $5 million from customers.

Occupy Oakland takes the vacant house problem to a new level.  Please note, we DO NOT encourage this irresponsible and destructive behavior.

Home prices are falling again — no surprises there.

Baltimore City calls its “Vacants to Value” plan “baby steps” towards dealing with the problem of vacant homes — we call it nonsense.

A filmmaker in Youngstown, Ohio documents the life and death of one vacant house.

Speaking of Youngstown, it’s become somewhat of a maverick in the “shrinking cities” movement.  Baltimore needs to shrink — what do you think?

Toledo is expected to demolish a record number of abandoned homes this year.

The Washington Post reports that 700 HUD housing projects (including 10 open projects in Baltimore) have either been delayed or abandoned — that’s a lot of wasted taxpayer money.

Link Roundup

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 wonder why yet another Baltimore transit system is going to by pass South Baltimore.

I blame my obssession with MLK Jr. Blvds across the country on Chris Rock — but apparently I’m not the only one.

Economists and other scholars like the idea of raising the property taxes on vacant abandoned homes — but our mayor would rather give you a $40 tax break.  Oh, but not until 2013.

Maybe Rikki Spector could run for public office in…whatever town she really lives in.

First Mariner gets dumped by NASDAQ and feels like a jilted lover.  Time to file an appeal!  Hell hath no fury like a bank scorned.

Toledo councilman says “Tear ’em down!”  Officials in Toledo are calling fires in two vacants possible arson.

Other cities are seeing an uptick in fires in vacant homes — Dallas, New Orleans, and Tulsa are the latest cities to experience the problem.  Officials in Dallas and Tulsa suspect arson in the latest fires.

And a very belated thank you to Baltimore: Open City for a mention on their website…we love you, too!