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Tearing down vacants and building up Baltimore

Tearing down vacants and building up Baltimore

In early January, Gov. Larry Hogan and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced Project C.O.R.E.—a $700 million initiative that would use $100 million to demolish vacant buildings in Baltimore City and $600 million in financing incentives to encourage developers to redesign the community with new homes and green areas.

Project C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunity for Renewal and Enterprise) is an initiative that promises much needed urban renewal and economic investment in deeply disinvested, redlined Black neighborhoods in Baltimore. But can the $700 million for the existing communities be put to better use? Might there be other investment projects that would yield...