If you haven’t been reading the “Living Apart” series on ProPublica, you’re really missing out. The series is about fair housing in the US, and how things went terribly wrong, despite the best intentions of lawmakers on both sides of the fence. You can read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.
Baltimore City demolished a block of vacants in West Baltimore — nice to see. It will be interesting to see what the city does with that empty space — homes, or community gardens…or both? You can see how the block looked before demolition here. Note to Baltimore Housing — Contrary to what it says in your press release, Shipley Hill is in West Baltimore, not East.
It’s no secret I’m against Maryland’s Question 7 — and here’s one of the many reasons why I will be voting against it. Giving money earmarked for poor communities like Pigtown, Sharp-Leadenhall, and Westport to wealthy casino developers just doesn’t sit well with me.
If you’ve been following the Baltimore City audit debacle in the news, you might be interested in reading the peer review comments by the Association of Local Government Auditors, and the City’s response to those comments. It’s…enlightening, to say the least.
In Milwaukee, WI, foreclosed and abandoned homes continue to be a problem — yet Wisconsin’s governor Scott Walker used settlement money received from a federal mortgage abuse lawsuit to balance the budget.
Want to buy that vacant foreclosure next door before it becomes a neighborhood nuisance? That may be harder than you think.
Louisville, KY is the next city to create a registry of vacant homes, and a plan for what to do when owners don’t maintain them.
Foreclosed home caretakers sue a Bank of America affiliate in California, claiming the company cheated them out of overtime and wages.
And in the WTF category…If you come home from work one day and find your dishes were done and there’s a bill on the counter, this Cleveland woman may be to blame.
It will be interesting to see how much money is earned on the auction of Baltimore Housing Authority property. Glad to see someone is fighting to make the agency pay its lead paint settlements.
It’s always fun to read posts or letters in the Baltimore Sun from bad property owners who feel the laws and regulations are unfair. Perhaps doing the right thing would make things more fair? Just a suggestion. And for the record, no, we don’t think the City should be using funds for affordable housing to demolish…housing.
A man in Cleveland decided to shoot a documentary about abandoned homes in that city, as a way to create awareness about the problem.
Apparently, people in Monterey County, California can’t agree on what “homeless” means. I didn’t know there were any grey areas.
The town council of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is smarter than the Baltimore City government. “A significant relationship exists between vacant buildings and increased calls for service for police services, higher incidence of fires …” Wish someone in our City Council would publicly say that, and do something about it.
An Ohio Senator wants banks to stop walking away from foreclosures. Do any Maryland senators want the same?