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The Effect of a Dilapidated Home on a Baltimore Block

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A vacant lot where 1906 Boone once stood. Photo via newrepublic.com.

Baltimore Fishbowl former senior editor Rachel Monroe, who left last year to pursue a freelance career, looks at the effects a single decaying home has on a block near Greenmount Cemetery in “The New Republic.” The house is no longer there, but the story behind it reveals why so many abandoned houses plague Baltimore and other cities. Read an excerpt below and view the entire story at newrepublic.com.

When it was still standing, 1906 Boone Street was a classic example of a Baltimore row house: three stories tall and only 15 feet wide, with a curved bay window in front and a narrow garden out back. Built in 1920, it featured a red brick facade, five bedrooms, and a claw-foot tub in the second-floor bathroom. Karen Saunders, who now lives two doors down, remembers living in the house as a child in the 1960s. Lewis Mitchell, a Coast Guard welder, purchased the house next door 21 years ago. Together with his brother, who lives one house over, Mitchell spent more than a year cleaning, painting, and repairing his new home. “I build ships,” Mitchell says. “I figured I could do a house.”

Live Baltimore’s Marketing Director Promoted to Executive Director Position

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After four years spent running Live Baltimore’s marketing department, Annie Milli will step in as the organization’s leader next month.

Leaders Discuss How to Fix Homelessness at Light City’s Social Lab

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Molly McGrath Tierney, director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (left) and Jeff Singer, former director of Healthcare for the Homeless, talk on stage.

Homelessness doesn’t hit softly; it’s more like a hurricane that sweeps through a city, according to Jeff Singer, former director of Baltimore’s Health Care for the Homeless.

Mayor Pugh Signs Executive Order to Reduce Threat of Evictions for Artists in DIY Spaces

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The Bell Foundry in 2013, by Tyler Merbler

In a move designed to add a new layer of protection for artists who get kicked out of spaces deemed to be in violation of city building codes, Mayor Catherine Pugh today issued an executive order allowing officials to let artists remain in their buildings, so as long as their safety isn’t threatened.

Senate Officially Confirms Former Hopkins Neurosurgeon Ben Carson as Housing Secretary

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It actually happened, folks: A retired doctor with zero public policy or management experience is now the nation’s secretary of housing and urban development.

Second Meeting of Mayor’s Task Force Covers Artists’ Spatial Needs, Zoning Remedies and Financing

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Writer and activist Jordannah Elizabeth speaks at the second meeting of the Mayor’s Task Force on Safe Arts Spaces.

Can Baltimore’s creative community, leaders, businesses and nonprofits harness the collective willpower to create safe spaces for artists?

JHU Historian’s Work on ‘Mapping Inequality’ Database Honored in Nat Geo’s ‘Best Maps’ List

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Courtesy “Mapping Inequality” database

Earlier this year, Johns Hopkins University historian N.D.B. Connolly worked with researchers from a handful of schools to assemble an online map archive showing evidence of government-abetted redlining. A writer for National Geographic took notice, including it in his list of the top maps produced this year.

Vacants to Value is Back

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Photo via vacantstovalue.org
Photo via vacantstovalue.org

After running out of money earlier this year to assist homebuyers, Baltimore’s Vacants to Value Booster Program is back.

Baltimore County Rejects Housing Anti-Discrimination Bill

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This week the Baltimore County Council considered a bill that would’ve prohibited landlords from discriminating against tenants who use housing vouchers. They opted to reject that bill.

Baltimore’s Rental Housing Market Is in Crisis

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People living in certain Baltimore neighborhoods–say, Canton, Locust Point, or Woodberry–might have noticed their rents going up a lot. A whole lot. Like a more than 100 percent increase since 2000.

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