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The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street

I’m not going to lie — this building has kept me up a few nights, perhaps more than a few, and last night was no exception. As reported in the Baltimore Sun, 1411 Division Street met its demise at the hands of a contractor who was supposed to only demolish fire-damaged rear walls, but ended Read more about The Life and Death of 1411 Division Street[…]

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Vacant Lot Transformation Grants Available

Program Background CARE- A -LOT is a city led effort to develop sustainable, innovative greening strategies to transform vacant lots into assets for a growing Baltimore City. The purpose of BMORE Beautiful’s Care -A -Lot Program is to support innovative community groups and organizations in the cleaning, maintenance and beautification of vacant lots in Baltimore. Read more about Vacant Lot Transformation Grants Available[…]

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Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version

The fact that our City Council wants to bring back the Baltimore Dollar House program has been in the news lately, and so far everything I’ve read or heard leaves more questions than answers.  The program was successful back in the 1970s-1980s, as potential homeowners could purchase City-owned homes for $1, provided they had the Read more about Dollar Houses, the 2017 Version[…]

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Jim Crow is Alive and Well…

Yesterday I posted an Instagram photo of a piece of graffiti [Name Withheld] did on the top of a building near Clipper Mill, and I had my first Instagram Fight. The photo I posted was this: Jim Crow Runs Bmore. Indeed “he” does, but having this idea, and saying so publicly, sparked a discussion about Read more about Jim Crow is Alive and Well…[…]

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Project C.O.R.E Community Meeting June 29

Please attend this important meeting regarding vacants and the implementation of Project C.O.R.E — the city/state partnership to demolish vacant homes. June 29, 6:00-8:00 PM Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 N Athol Avenue, 21229 Let the city know where you think we need more demolition, stabilization, or other strategies to address the city’s 30,000 vacant homes!

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Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting

“I wish they wouldn’t post those here, they make our neighborhood look trashy.” I hear this a lot about bandit signs — those “WE BUY HOUSES” signs that pop up like toadstools after a storm. And yes, they do make a neighborhood look trashy. But even worse — they’re the new tool for blockbusting. For Read more about Bandit Signs: The New Blockbusting[…]

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2015 and 2016 Outcomes: Thank You!

Successes and Outcomes: A Look at 2015 and 2016 I wanted to take a moment and update everyone on our progress. As donors, supporters, partners, and friends, I also want to take a moment to say thank you for everything, as none of these successes would have happened without your advice, financial support, and hard Read more about 2015 and 2016 Outcomes: Thank You![…]

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Governor Hogan Announces $700 Million Initiative in Baltimore City

As we’ve read in the news, Maryland has begun a $700 million plan to revitalize blighted neighborhoods in Baltimore City, starting with $9.875 million in funding (FY 2016) for demolishing unsafe vacant homes. After speaking with Audra Harrison, Director of the Office Public Information for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, I am Read more about Governor Hogan Announces $700 Million Initiative in Baltimore City[…]

TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History

Bethel AME Church has demolished one of Baltimore’s historic civil rights landmarks, located at 1234 Druid Hill Avenue, and it’s unclear as to whether they want to demolish 1232. Neighbors, community activists, and preservationists are horrified by the lack of respect the church has shown towards these historic homes over the years. They’ve allowed them Read more about TOMORROW: Rally to Save Baltimore Civil Rights History[…]