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June 19, 2005

Butchers Hill Tour to highlight gardens, work of 9 artists

The Butchers Hill Garden Tour will showcase work of nine artists as well as gardens in the East Baltimore neighborhood, bounded by Washington Street, Patterson Park, East Pratt and East Fayette.

Urban gardens, including some newly planted ones, will be open for the event, scheduled for June 26.

The tour begins at the White House, just inside Patterson Park at the East Lombard St./S. Patterson Park entrance. Tickets are $10. Advance tickets are priced at $8 and are available from Friends of Patterson Park, the Fells Point offices of Long & Foster and Coldwell Banker; Simon's of Butchers Hill, 2031 E. Fairmont Ave.; Pierpont Restaurant, 1822 Aliceanna St.; and Live Baltimore, 343 N. Charles St.

Canadian housing starts fall 5 percent in May

Canadian housing starts fell 5 percent in May, led by a decline in construction of multiple-family homes.

Work began on 218,800 housing units at an annual rate last month, compared with April's 230,400, Canada Mortgage & Housing Corp. reported.

Home construction and sales are expected to fall this year and next because of rising mortgage rates and waning job growth, the country's federal housing agency predicted last month.

Construction of multiple-family buildings decreased 11 percent to 92,600 in May. Starts of single-unit houses in cities rose 0.2 percent to 96,200.

The figures are seasonally adjusted.

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