Baltimore is about to sell off its public housing. Someone is going to make money-and that's the plan.

It was only a month ago that most Baltimoreans learned that the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) is contracting to sell off about half of its 10,300 federally subsidized low- income apartments to private companies.

The Baltimore Brew broke the news in a series of stories that irritated Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano and prompted several radio appearances and a March 12 City Council hearing.

But although many people were in the dark about the new program, called the Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, or RAD, it wasn't a secret. Graziano's people had been meeting with low-income housing advocates and posting fliers in the...