Top Stories: Zillow Fight; Top Secret Under Armour Tour, Sandlot’s First Week

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Photo via McMansion Hell

This week’s most popular story centered around a real estate listings giant, and a blog that mocks the architectural amalgamations often found on such sites.

McMansion Hell, which is run by Peabody Institute grad student Kate Wagner, received a cease and desist letter from Zillow claiming that the blog was using photos without permission. Initially, Wagner was terrified. But she soon found legal help from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (who argued Wagner was using the pics under fair use) and lots of support from the “very, very nice people” of the internet (who said some rousing stuff and made jokes on Twitter). By the end of the week, Zillow dropped its threat and McMansion Hell returned to skewering ugly suburban houses. Here are the rest of the top stories this week:

Ethan McLeod — Two Baltimore Companies Picked to Design and Build Baltimore County’s New Guinness Brewery

Stephen Babcock — Kevin Plank gave Willie Geist the ‘Top Secret’ Under Armour Tour

Ethan McLeod — $430M Headworks Project Designed to Fix Baltimore’s Underground Sewage Backup

Rachel Bone — Lines in the Sand With Loads of Potential: The Sandlot’s Opening Week

Stephen Babcock — Johns Hopkins Gets $150 to Build Agora

Ethan McLeod — MTA: BaltimoreLink Lanes Already Saving Riders Time Moving Through Downtown

Cathy Evans — All Foreclosures are Not Created Equal

Ed Gunts — Urban Landscape: Catholic Review HQ Under Contract; Jordan Faye Contemporary to Close

Kit Pollard — Hot Plate: Ice Cream Everywhere, Farm Festivals

Stephen Babcock

Stephen Babcock is the editor of Baltimore and an editor-at-large of Baltimore Fishbowl.

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