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Jan 14, 2016

Joe Nathanson: Getting ‘Value’ out of ‘Vacants to Value’

About a decade ago, before the collapse of the U.S. housing market and the global economic meltdown, I was given a challenging consulting assignment focused on Baltimore city’s housing market. The Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation (BEEF), the independent, nonprofit policy research group focused on city government operations, wanted to understand how what was then […]

Nov 12, 2015

C. Fraser Smith: In praise of modest

To the growing number of brave men and women who say they want to be mayor of Baltimore, a few suggestions:

Nov 11, 2015

Plaudits and brickbats for Baltimore’s signature anti-blight program

A new report from the Abell Foundation finds Baltimore’s Vacants to Value program to be ambitious but seriously flawed. In the detailed report, authored by former Baltimore Sun reporter Joan Jacobson, the program is called the city’s most enterprising attempt in 40 years to address blighted empty homes pockmarking large swaths of the city. It […]

Jun 17, 2015

Vacants to Value a qualified success at 5-year mark

As the Vacants to Value initiative approaches its fifth anniversary, the program that was touted at its outset as a bold new approach to addressing city-owned blight in Baltimore is now viewed as a useful, if not game-changing, tool to promote redevelopment. Since Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced the initiative in the fall of 2010, the […]

West Baltimore MARC station
May 28, 2014

Red Line lifeline

If the proposed $2.6 billion Red Line light rail route is built, it has two ways to go. It could be a catalyst in transforming West Baltimore from an economically distressed area with an abundance of vacant properties into a revitalized urban area. Or it could be just another poorly thought-out transportation project that fails to capitalize on its potential.

Aug 12, 2011

The Hotel at Arundel Preserve opens its doors

The Fresh Market Inc. will hold a grand opening on Aug. 24 at 838 Dulaney Valley Rd. with chef demonstrations, and ample food samples throughout the store. A drawing will be held to give away a $1,000 “pantry,” which will provide a stock of The Fresh Market’s own brand of goodies, sold under the TFM […]

Jun 24, 2011

Melody Simmons’ real estate notebook, 6/24/11

Have you noticed “CODE X-RAY” on Baltimore’s streets? No, it’s not an alien invasion or early signs of the zombie apocalypse. It’s a new program by the Baltimore City Fire Department to warn firefighters that certain dwellings are vacant and unstable. Chief Kevin Cartwright, director of communication for the department, said these structures bear a […]

May 19, 2011

Photo of the Day – Demolishing vacant homes

Check out a slideshow of our past Photos of the Day from The Daily Record’s staff photographers. We also have a SmugMug page, where you can purchase photos taken by The Daily Record staff

Apr 29, 2011

The Daily Record News Quiz – April 25-29

Have you been keeping up with The Daily Record’s news this week? Take our 10-question weekly news quiz in this new interactive feature. Leave a comment below and tell us how many questions you got right!

Apr 27, 2011

Baltimore Board of Estimates OKs budget proposal

Baltimore’s Board of Estimates has approved Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s proposed $2.7 billion budget. The panel’s approval Wednesday clears the way for the city council to consider the proposed fiscal year 2012 spending plan, which closes a projected shortfall with cuts, but does not raise taxes. The original budget proposal included cuts to library hours, the […]

Feb 11, 2011

Photo of the Day – Vacants to Value

Check out a slideshow of our past Photos of the Day from The Daily Record’s staff photographers. We also have a SmugMug page, where you can purchase photos taken by The Daily Record staff

Feb 10, 2011

Baltimore summit will discuss ways to reduce vacant homes

Baltimore’s mayor and housing officials are holding a summit as part of a move to reduce the number of vacant houses in the city. Thursday’s summit at the Convention Center is part of Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s “Vacants to Value” program. Organizers say participants will learn details of the initiative, including how to buy city-owned property, […]

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