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Among 'legacy' cities, Baltimore's housing crisis stands out

Cars damaged by debris from a fallen building on North Arlington Avenue in West Baltimore

On March 28, when 900 N. Payson St. fell on Thomas Lemmon, a 69-year-old retired truck driver in his prized Cadillac, it was one more tragic reminder of the dangers lurking in poor city neighborhoods. Lemmon died, a city contractor cleared the rubble, and things continued as normal in the West Baltimore neighborhood.

Then, four more houses toppled during wind gusts on April 3, requiring immediate demolitions. City officials condemned four other properties this month, at least one of which was supposed to be under renovation, according to building permit records.

In this, Baltimore is just like other rust belt city, according to Michael Braverman, Deputy...