Tag: blight

New Plan Aims to Demolish Thousands of Baltimore Vacants

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A demo of the demo (via Larry Hogan/Facebook)
A demo of the demo on N. Stricker St. (via Larry Hogan/Facebook)

Gov. Larry Hogan already closed Baltimore’s decrepit men’s jail. Now, the state and city governments are looking to wipe out some of the city’s big swaths of vacant properties.

Community Groups Win Case Against Notorious Vacant Property Owner

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Photo via Baltimore Slumlord Watch
Photo via Baltimore Slumlord Watch

Vacant properties are a serious source of problems in Baltimore. Studies have shown that blocks with vacants have significantly higher reports of violence, theft, and drug crimes; abandoned houses lower nearby property values while at the same time draining already-strained municipal services. In Baltimore, the fight against vacant properties is complicated by landlords who live out of town. But Baltimore’s absentee landlords–slumlords, if you’re not feeling polite–are hopefully feeling a bit more uneasy this week, after a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge handed down a ruling against absentee landlord Scott Wizig.

Will a ShopRite Across the Street Be Enough to Resuscitate Howard Park’s Ambassador Theater?

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The Ambassador, sister establishment to the beloved but embattled Senator Theatre, has been an evocative, run-down shell in Howard Park for the past several years, the building condemned, owners and neighborhood leaders at a loss to reimagine the space.

Well, despite a “minimally” damaging fire inside the theater last week, a ShopRite scheduled to open across the street in 2013 is enough to make Howard Park downright optimistic about the historic building’s future. Members of city council as well as the buildings co-owners have expressed their excitement regarding the art deco eyesore.