Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Baltimore: Row Houses Gone Rogue...

to be torn down.

Compliments of the taxpayers.

Let's not forget that in 2009 the city of Baltimore received over $1.8 billion from President Barack Obama’s stimulus law, including $467.1 million to invest in education and $26.5 million for crime prevention.  source

By 2014 the feds were demanding a bunch of that money back since no one seemed to know where it went.  

From Baltimore Sun Jan 5, 2016 (emphasis mine)
Calling Baltimore's abandoned row houses "hotbeds for crime," Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a nearly $700 million plan to tear down thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with new developments — a level of investment in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods some say is unprecedented.

In Sandtown-Winchester, where Freddie Gray grew up, the governor joined Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in pledging $94 million over four years to demolish 4,000 vacant properties citywide and $600 million in subsidies to encourage redevelopment.

The money — most of which will come from the state — will allow a fourfold increase in the demolition of vacant city properties, followed by major new funding to rebuild.
"I don't recall there was ever an infusion of this magnitude," said M.J. "Jay" Brodie, who shepherded redevelopment in Baltimore under four mayors. "This is a great moment for the city. Take advantage of the moment. This is unlikely to happen again."

The Republican governor and Democratic mayor — who have publicly sparred at times — vowed to work together.

Hogan called Baltimore the "core" of Maryland.

"As I walked the streets of this city, people were repeatedly calling out and begging us to help do something about the blight that is all around them," Hogan said. "We have heard your calls for action... I'm a guy on a mission who wants to get things done."
 Now there's a solution that's never been tried before.  Tear down a bunch of houses that the current residents trashed, and build them brand new ones which they can trash.

And exactly where are these innocent victims of rogue row houses going to go?  If Baltimore is like many other large cities, these section 8 people will be living right next to you, because no one in their right mind would rebuild anything where these houses are going to be torn down.

Are they poor?  Being poor has never stopped people from not throwing trash around or sweeping a sidewalk. It certainly hasn't stopped these people from shooting each other, pumping themselves full of drugs, or burning down buildings.

By the time the Democrat honchos of Baltimore get their cut of the 700 million, there won't be a dime left to do anything.  But, that's the plan, isn't it?


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Here's what some of the row houses looked like in 1940.  Notice all the trash?  Yeah, I didn't either.

"Row houses, Baltimore, June 1940." Medium format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. H/T

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