Tagged: vacant

WWJD? 1439 N Patterson Park Avenue

Property Address: 1439 N Patterson Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Property Owner: Rising Zion Baptist Church, Inc., 2300 Llewelyn Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213

Resident Agent for Rising Zion Baptist Church, Inc.: Reverend Theodore D. Addison, Sr., 1540 Northgate Road, Baltimore, MD 21218

City Council District and Contact: District 13, Warren Branch

State Senator (District 45): Nathaniel McFadden

State Delegates (District 45): Talmadge BranchCheryl Glenn, Cory V. McCray

1439 N Patterson Park Avenue -- Photo by Reader Rusty

1439 N Patterson Park Avenue — Photo by Reader Rusty

Rising Zion has owned this property since 2007. Photo by Reader Rusty

Rising Zion has owned this property since 2007. Photo by Reader Rusty

 

City Owned Blight: 4202 Audrey Avenue

Property Address: 4202 Audrey Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21225

Property Owner: Mayor and City Council, 417 E Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

City Council District and Contact:  District 10, Ed Reisinger

State Senator (District 46): William C. Ferguson IV

State Delegates (District 46): Luke H. Clippinger, Peter A. Hammen, Brooke E. Lierman

Thanks to Reader MC for the photo — according to her, the home has been vacant for 10+ years. Time to get this home back into circulation!

4202 Audrey Avenue

4202 Audrey Avenue

1312 McHenry Street

Property Address: 1312 McHenry Street, Baltimore, MD 21223

Property Owner: Daniel J Blair, 1303 Jones Station Road, Arnold, MD 21012

City Council District and Contact: District 9, “Pistol” Pete Welch

State Senator (District 40): Catherine E. Pugh

State Delegates (District 40): Frank M. Conaway, Antonio L. Hayes. Barbara A. Robinson

1312 McHenry Street

1312 McHenry Street

Because we all need a little more poetry in our lives…

The House with Nobody in It: Joyce Kilmer

Abandoned home, Baltimore County, 2013

Abandoned home, Baltimore County, 2013

Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I’ve passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.

I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings.
I know this house isn’t haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn’t be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.

This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside.

If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid
I’d put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I’d buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I’d find some people who wanted a home and give it to them free.

Now, a new house standing empty, with staring window and door,
Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store.
But there’s nothing mournful about it; it cannot be sad and lone
For the lack of something within it that it has never known.

But a house that has done what a house should do,
a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby’s laugh and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it’s left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.

So whenever I go to Suffern along the Erie track
I never go by the empty house without stopping and looking back,
Yet it hurts me to look at the crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart,
For I can’t help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart.

3714 Woodbine Avenue

Property Address: 3714 Woodbine Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

Property Owner: Mayess Craig, same address

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

3714 Woodbine Avenue

3714 Woodbine Avenue

Thanks to Reader AB for sending this along — apparently the home has been in this condition for some time, and has received multiple citations from the time the home was supposed to have been torn down — in 2010.

Currently, it is home to a family of raccoons.

 

Jackson, MS Now Has a Slumlord Watch!

Jeff Karer of Jackson left this lovely comment on our Facebook and I thought it would be nice to share it — it’s so nice to hear from people in other cities who are documenting blight and holding their governments and negligent property owners accountable!

BSW, because of your site, which I stumbled upon who knows how, I am having a blast documenting terrible things going on in my neighborhood of Fondren in Jackson,MS. I’ve documented 23 blighted houses along with owners’ names; so far three are surrounded by fences in prep for demo, and a dozen more are being investigated. Plus, I found two empty houses claiming HE, had 28 street lights illuminated and even have the utility company inthe process of eradicating graffiti on their poles…and even had the city replace a few stop signs with gang markings. You inspired all this. I just don’t think anyone bothered…all it took was one person to care. Could have been anyone. Thanks BSW!

What are you doing to combat blight in your city? Let us know!

4000-4002 Gwynn Oak Avenue

Another submission from Reader A!

Property Address: 4000-4002 Gwynn Oak Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215

Property Owner: 4000 Gwynn Oak, LLC, same address (Charter has been forfeited, company is not in good standing. In 2008, the same year this property was purchased, the sole member of the LLC was Nancy Jackson)

Resident Agent for 4000 Gwynn Oak, LLC: Lawrence Whitter, 4129 W Forest Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21207

City Council District and Contact:  District 5, Rochelle Rikki Spector

State Senator:  Lisa Gladden

State Delegates:  Jill Carter, Nathaniel Oaks, Samuel Rosenberg

4000 Gwynn Oak Avenue

4000 Gwynn Oak Avenue