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By Paul T. Graziano | November 11, 2013
In East Baltimore, the 1200 block of North Broadway was once almost entirely vacant. Now a woman who moved to the city from Parkville has made it her family's home. There were once 25 vacants on this block; only six remain, all of which are under construction. Farther south, a man whose home has been in his family for three generations has seen a transformation on the 200 block of North Madeira Street. Eleven long-vacant properties have been sold or auctioned to developers, the street and sidewalks have been repaved, and a stream of new neighbors is moving in. Around the corner, a longtime resident began renovating homes on Mullikin Street, building on the momentum of Madeira Street's revitalization.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
Baltimore police are investigating the shootings of two men killed Wednesday night in separate incidents a block apart in Northwest Baltimore. Detectives say Austaniel Brown, 22, who last resided in the 4800 block of Beaufort Ave., was gunned down at a playground near the intersection of Park Heights and West Garrison avenues about 9:30 p.m. Shot in the chest, Brown was transported to a hospital where doctors pronounced him dead about an hour later....
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By DAN RODRICKS | February 17, 1999
PARTLY as a result of Baltimore's unofficial policy of surrender - giving up whole city blocks without much of a fight to save them - we have the 29-year-old drug dealer who cruises in a Rolls-Royce, with armed escorts in a Humvee, and collects rent on some of the 120 slum properties he owns. One wonders why George Dangerfield's landlord styling did not draw the attention of government officials while he was in the midst of building his real estate empire.Now that he has one, no one seems to know what to do about it. Dan Henson, our street-smart housing commissioner, finds the prospect maddening, but seems almost resigned to buying George Dangerfield out with tax dollars to execute urban renewal plans for East Baltimore.
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November 14, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has it right with her simply stated goal of increasing the population of Baltimore City by 10,000 people by the end of the decade. It's simply put but nonetheless the exact right focus. Increasing the population of the city will add more "oars to row the boat," so to speak. Her tactics with the Vacants to Value program in turning blighted housing into attractive up to date housing will attract many people, which in effect will moderate prices of that housing ( "Vacants to value: growing Baltimore block by block," Nov. 11)
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,STAFF | September 4, 1996
ATLANTA -- In this city of white-columned would-be Taras surrounded by lush expanses of lawn, Baltimore Row stands out like an unadorned cousin visiting from the North.Lean, sober and flat-faced, the single block of rowhouses is the ++ legacy of a Baltimore businessman who a century ago brought his hometown's favored style of housing to a place more accustomed to spreading out plantation-style or up skyscraper-wise. Call Jacob Rosenthal the Accidental Developer: He not so much left Baltimore as built a piece of it in his adopted city.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | August 27, 1993
Can't you see it now? Old Memorial Stadium is filled to capacity, with most of the state's top officials in attendance. Big Wheel is there, too. The Baltimore Colts' marching band isplaying. The legends are being introduced. One by one, out jog Unitas, Berry, Moore, Mackey.And then the new team is announced. "Ladies and gentlemen, your new expansion football team, the Baltimore Block."The Baltimore Block?"It's a great name," said Kenny Smith, 50, from Carroll County, a retired recreation employee from Springfield Hospital Center.
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By John B. O'Donnell and John B. O'Donnell,SUN STAFF | July 9, 1998
Paving the way for a wholesale demolition, city inspectors yesterday condemned every house on the East Baltimore block where a teen-ager was shot to death Sunday, allegedly by the lone resident.Razing of the 22 houses in the 1600 block of Llewelyn Avenue should occur in the next two months, after the owners have been notified and given a chance to protest, according to Zack Germroth, spokesman for the city Department of Housing and Community Development. "We don't expect significant resistance," he said.
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November 14, 2013
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has it right with her simply stated goal of increasing the population of Baltimore City by 10,000 people by the end of the decade. It's simply put but nonetheless the exact right focus. Increasing the population of the city will add more "oars to row the boat," so to speak. Her tactics with the Vacants to Value program in turning blighted housing into attractive up to date housing will attract many people, which in effect will moderate prices of that housing ( "Vacants to value: growing Baltimore block by block," Nov. 11)
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1997
Dick and Karen Cook's Baltimore is a safe haven where neighbors at a halfway house for recovering alcoholics watch over them from a porch nearby.Ruby Glover's Baltimore is an oasis of goodwill and lifelong friendships in the world's biggest small town.To them, Baltimore is not just a city of crime and poor schools that loses population every year. They stand their ground, and they will not be moved.Ten staunch Baltimoreans recently talked about why they stay. All have the financial means to leave.
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By Scott Calvert | scott.calvert@baltsun.com | February 14, 2010
L ouise O'Brien has been through some big snowstorms since moving to Canton in 1973. But when she peered out her living room window Monday, she saw something she had never seen and did not expect. • "They were like a chain gang," she said. "They just kept going around and around." • They were her neighbors in the 600 block of S. Curley St., and more than a dozen of them were digging out the road, one shovelful at a time. The neighbors - renters and owners, newcomers and old-timers - found common purpose amid the back-to-back whiteouts that dumped a record 45 inches of snow in five days.
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By Paul T. Graziano | November 11, 2013
In East Baltimore, the 1200 block of North Broadway was once almost entirely vacant. Now a woman who moved to the city from Parkville has made it her family's home. There were once 25 vacants on this block; only six remain, all of which are under construction. Farther south, a man whose home has been in his family for three generations has seen a transformation on the 200 block of North Madeira Street. Eleven long-vacant properties have been sold or auctioned to developers, the street and sidewalks have been repaved, and a stream of new neighbors is moving in. Around the corner, a longtime resident began renovating homes on Mullikin Street, building on the momentum of Madeira Street's revitalization.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Five people were shot overnight Monday — including three people shot in two incidents in the same block in East Baltimore over a span of less than six hours, police said. A police spokesman said commanders were meeting to determine why officers weren't in the block for the second shooting in the 2600 block of Grogan Ave, which killed a man. Five hours earlier, a double-shooting sent two men to the hospital for treatment. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has spoken often about the agency doing a better of job of getting in front of retaliatory shootings, and it is common for an officer to be assigned to keep watch over a block in the wake of a shooting.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 19, 2013
Maryland corrections officials are taking advantage of new technology designed to block the use of contraband cellphones by inmates - a problem at the heart of recent indictments at the Baltimore City Detention Center. In a program being used at another prison facility in Baltimore, phones smuggled inside have been severed from the network and rendered inoperable, officials said. The new system, which the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services hopes to expand, could supplement efforts to find the phones using metal detectors or trained dogs to sniff them out. The department says it is catching more illicit phones than ever - more than 1,300 were found in the last fiscal year - but the federal indictments show the limits of those efforts.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2012
Gone are the plywood-covered door and windows that never seemed to keep the vacant house sealed very long. Gone too is the gaping hole where the first floor should have been — a dungeonlike pit where police say a 13-year-old girl was raped one night last fall as she walked home. Now a new porch light hangs from the brick facade, just above a metal mailbox. Inside, the transformation unfolds room by room: Hardwood floors cover a rebuilt first level, cherry-finish cabinets hang in the kitchen, and the three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms feel brand-new.
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By Scott Calvert | scott.calvert@baltsun.com | February 14, 2010
L ouise O'Brien has been through some big snowstorms since moving to Canton in 1973. But when she peered out her living room window Monday, she saw something she had never seen and did not expect. • "They were like a chain gang," she said. "They just kept going around and around." • They were her neighbors in the 600 block of S. Curley St., and more than a dozen of them were digging out the road, one shovelful at a time. The neighbors - renters and owners, newcomers and old-timers - found common purpose amid the back-to-back whiteouts that dumped a record 45 inches of snow in five days.
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By Annie Linskey and James Drew and Annie Linskey and James Drew,annie.linskey@baltsun.com and James.Drew@baltsun.com | October 29, 2009
The Baltimore Board of Estimates on Wednesday blocked a company's payment to the embattled Baltimore City Foundation, and the city comptroller called for a halt to all donations to the private nonprofit group amid questions about how it oversees spending. Later in the day, Mayor Sheila Dixon called for an outside consultant to recommend new oversight procedures for the city-controlled foundation, her strongest response since a Baltimore Sun investigation revealed questionable transactions by public employees using charity money.
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By Justin Fenton and Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Five people were shot overnight Monday — including three people shot in two incidents in the same block in East Baltimore over a span of less than six hours, police said. A police spokesman said commanders were meeting to determine why officers weren't in the block for the second shooting in the 2600 block of Grogan Ave, which killed a man. Five hours earlier, a double-shooting sent two men to the hospital for treatment. Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts has spoken often about the agency doing a better of job of getting in front of retaliatory shootings, and it is common for an officer to be assigned to keep watch over a block in the wake of a shooting.
NEWS
By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2012
Gone are the plywood-covered door and windows that never seemed to keep the vacant house sealed very long. Gone too is the gaping hole where the first floor should have been — a dungeonlike pit where police say a 13-year-old girl was raped one night last fall as she walked home. Now a new porch light hangs from the brick facade, just above a metal mailbox. Inside, the transformation unfolds room by room: Hardwood floors cover a rebuilt first level, cherry-finish cabinets hang in the kitchen, and the three bedrooms and 21/2 bathrooms feel brand-new.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun Reporter | January 22, 2008
It's just three storefronts now, just half a block with a jewelry/pawn shop, a carryout and a barber shop. But to city officials, this half a block in the 400 block of W. Baltimore St. is a critical piece for revitalization, a bridge between the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus to the west and the Hippodrome Theatre and Starbucks to the east. And so the city is pressing the university to put a planned student bookstore, to be managed by Barnes & Noble, at the northeast corner of Baltimore and Paca streets, a move officials hope will inject more energy and visibility to an area undergoing a slow transformation.
NEWS
By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,Sun Music Critic | July 1, 2007
A couple of blocks above North Avenue, on and around St. Paul Street, there's a kind of fifth-dimension, time-traveling, twilight zone, complete with its own unusual soundtrack of pipe organ music. Outside, this particular assortment of three 19th-century brick rowhouses looks more or less like countless others in the city -- except, of course, for the corner building adorned with giant clocks (including one fancifully encased in a sculptured dragon that rings on the hour with a flick of its giant tail)
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