“The Baltimore Plan” That Didn’t Work

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“Like all large American cities, Baltimore, Maryland has extensive blighted areas — residential, commercial, and industrial ‘slums.'”

Those words were written over 60 years ago, and kicked off a 1953 film from Encyclopedia Britannica called “The Baltimore Plan,” which dramatized a landlord-focused initiative to reverse the trend of blighted housing in the city.

As we all know, it wasn’t completely successful. But watching the film is still pretty fun, as it offers indulges Baltimoreans’ love of self-deprecation, irony, and kitsch.

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