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Author Archives: Joan Jacobson and Melody Simmons

Daily Record investigation: Seeking a new vision

It was a glass-half-full day. It was a time to celebrate cranes in the air — four of them — towering behind Johns Hopkins Hospital, where the stalled $1.8 billion East Baltimore redevelopment project was getting a jump start. None ...

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Daily Record investigation: EBDI salaries, staff increased during recession

As the nation headed into its worst recession since the Great Depression, staffing and salaries at East Baltimore Development Inc. skyrocketed between 2005 and 2009, Internal Revenue Service documents show. The pay and benefits at the nonprofit increased by 46 ...

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Daily Record investigation: The muddled money trail

East Baltimore Development Inc. has spent $6.4 million per acre since 2002 to revitalize a largely vacant chunk of inner city bounded on three sides by slum and blight. The money has gone to buy homes, demolish buildings, relocate residents ...

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Daily Record investigation: Renaming Middle East hits a sour note

What’s in a name? That’s a loaded question if you ask people from Middle East, a community north of Johns Hopkins Hospital that is subject to an 88-acre overhaul. Now the community may be getting a new name. (Click here ...

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Daily Record investigation: Elected officials short on financial details

Until recently, the last time an elected official raised any serious questions about the public funding of The New East Baltimore project was in 2003, when it was just getting started. Hattie Harrison, a longtime state delegate from East Baltimore, ...

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