Baltimore Slumlord Watch Makes the Big Time

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We’ve been big fans of Carol Ott, aka the mind behind Baltimore Slumlord Watch, for a while. Ott, a 45-year old mother of two, spent years traveling around Baltimore, documenting the city’s blighted and abandoned properties. And now she’s finally getting some national recognition for her work.

The Atlantic’s video team spent a day following Ott around, documenting her work. The resulting video of derelict rowhouses with boarded up windows is probably no surprise to anyone who’s lived in Baltimore for any amount of time, but it’s wonderful to see Ott hard at work.

Photo via Baltimore Slumlord Watch
Photo via Baltimore Slumlord Watch

She expects to wind up her project — posting photos of buildings along with the names and information about owners, who are often out-of-town speculators. “You have to be a little crazy to do something like this,” Ott says. Well, then we’re thankful that Ott is a little crazy, we guess.



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