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  • Best Scandal

    The announcement came earlier this year but the impact was not felt until recently, as tenants and housing advocates caught on to the enormity of the deal: Baltimore Housing Authority has agreed in principle to sell more than a third of its 11,000 public housing units to private operators, hoping to raise more than $300 million to maintain the remaining units. As scandals go, it’s missing all the grubby titillation of a drug gang controlling the prisons or a mayor on the take. But the impact on real people’s lives is likely to be much greater than those scandals, and the scandal behind it is vast: Baltimore is selling out because the federal government has systematically under-funded public housing for decades. Those thousands of homeless people loitering downtown are not there by accident, and not because they are more shiftless than previous generations of poor people. They are there because of public policy.
  • Judge dismisses landlord's suit against housing blogger

    Judge dismisses landlord's suit against housing blogger
    A District Court Judge in Baltimore today dismissed a prominent landlord's case for damages against blogger Carol Ott, who writes the Housing Policy Watch blog (and "Slumlord Watch.") "There was a ruling in favor of the defendant," says Brian Spern, the...

    Putting the art back in street art

    Putting the art back in street art
    I’ve recently spent some time planning a trip to Berlin and I’ve noticed that, on sites like Airbnb, “graffiti” and “street art” function almost as code. On reviews of apartments, the obviously bougie people complain...

    45th Legislative District

    45th Legislative District
    Location: A swath of east/northeast Baltimore from Midtown to the city line, roughly between Harford Rd. and Route 40 East. Demographics: Adult population of about 89,000, almost 72 percent black and 24 percent white.   Incumbent Senator: Nathaniel...

    43rd Legislative District

    43rd Legislative District
    Location: In north/northeast Baltimore, roughly between Charles Street and Harford Road from North Avenue to the city line. Demographics: Adult population of about 95,000 adults, almost 63 percent black and 30 percent white.   Incumbent Senator: Joan...