Dear Mr. Plank

I read with interest the latest missive in the Baltimore Business Journal about your grand plans for the area around Port Covington. While I love the idea of someone finally redeveloping that area, since it’s been an eyesore for years, even before the Sam’s Club bolted for the hinterlands, something didn’t sit well with me. Read more about Dear Mr. Plank[…]

More on Low Wages and the High Cost of Housing in Baltimore

MIT has a wonderful online resource that calculates a living wage vs. poverty wages, and it reinforces the data I posted in my previous post on salaries and the high cost of living in Baltimore City. Some highlights, assuming a household of one adult and one child: Only nine of the typical wage job categories Read more about More on Low Wages and the High Cost of Housing in Baltimore[…]

The Other Side of the Affordable Housing Coin: Jobs and Wages

Housing affordability, particularly for median income workers, has become a much-talked about topic of late. Rising rents have forced a large segment of city residents to spend well over 30% of their net monthly income on shelter costs, which can lead to severe financial trauma later on. One of the reasons why city residents are Read more about The Other Side of the Affordable Housing Coin: Jobs and Wages[…]

Baltimore City Needs a Staffed DPW Emergency Number

The number of emails I’ve received lately about water emergencies has reached a critical mass — including a text this morning from a neighbor whose home was in danger of being flooded because of a burst pipe in the street. (Thankfully, the fire department was able to take care of that, but I hate to Read more about Baltimore City Needs a Staffed DPW Emergency Number[…]

Mortgage Fraud Map

Mapping Fraudulent Home Purchases

Last month, a federal grand jury indicted Alberic Okou Agodio of Bethesda, MD on multiple charges of wire fraud and identity theft, arising from a $3.9 million mortgage scheme where he and his co-conspirators purchased homes in Baltimore City using false information on mortgage applications, in exchange for kickbacks on each sale. The indictment was Read more about Mapping Fraudulent Home Purchases[…]