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Baltimore keeps housing blight in its sights

City officials say they will soon roll out a new program to take on the crisis of vacancies in Baltimore. They started on Tuesday when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano and other elected officials held a press conference on the west side to detail the revocation of a multiple family dwelling license for the blighted and crime-infested Madison Park North Apartments. The 44-building complex is located on eight acres in Reservoir Hill and owned by an absentee landlord who resides in California. It frequently is the scene of crime and blight, most recently two murders within six weeks. Revocation of the license means the owner will soon no longer be able to file for and receive direct federal housing subsidy reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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