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By Nancy Jones-Bonbrest and Nancy Jones-Bonbrest,Special to the Sun | March 23, 2008
Originally built for families of the 1950s, Campus Hills is still attracting residents with its well laid-out floor plans, tucked-away privacy and proximity to Towson and Interstate 695. "It was considered a premier neighborhood when it was built," said Ed Vojik, the past president of the Campus Hills Community Association and a resident of the neighborhood for almost 30 years. "People that move in tend to stay a long time." Developers designed the neighborhood of 369 homes, located behind Goucher College, with the most modern amenities of the time such as dishwashers, electric kitchens and family rooms.
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By Nancy Jones Bonbrest, Special to The Baltimore Sun | April 11, 2010
Tucked away near the western edge of Baltimore, the neighborhood of Hunting Ridge is full of charm. Stone, brick and wood homes are nestled on nice-sized woodsy lots along winding streets and backed by beautiful parkland. "It's beautiful and cozy and hidden," said David McDonald, president of the Hunting Ridge Community Assembly. "It's the best neighborhood in Baltimore." Bordered by Cooks Lane, Edmonson Avenue, Swann Avenue and Leakin Park, the neighborhood is diverse, easily accessible and, according to its residents, is one of the city's best-kept secrets.
NEWS
April 20, 1997
Always excuses for insurance to go upI, too, was hoping for a bit of a break with this year's insurance premium. Man, was I surprised to see that Allstate had raised my insurance another $50 plus, stating that Maryland's rates had increased due to all the flooding in the Midwest.Don't get me wrong, my heart and prayers go out to those folks, and I do understand that we all must help to rebuild the broken lives shattered by this tragedy.My questions is: If we ever do go through a period where there are minimal claims filed, will we ever see a decrease in our insurance premiums?
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By Brad Schleicher and Brad Schleicher,Sun Reporter | May 11, 2008
The Southeast Baltimore neighborhood known as Greektown was settled during the early 20th century by mostly working-class European immigrants. In the 1950s, the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church was established in the area, drawing many Greek families who moved to the neighborhood through the 1960s and into the 1970s. It wasn't until the late 1980s that the neighborhood, after petitioning the city, was officially recognized with the name Greektown. Before that, it was known simply as "The Hill."
NEWS
October 21, 2009
Is Baltimore trying to drive out the middle class? It seems as though Baltimore City employees, whose salaries are paid by the hard-earned dollars of the city's taxpayers (which can only mean gainfully employed people), are actually trying to make it too costly and too much of a royal pain in the neck to live in the city. In the last couple of months, I have been a witness to so many examples of absurdities that can only lead me to this conclusion, especially when my experiences are extrapolated to other residents of the city.
NEWS
By Robert Wilson | July 12, 1999
YOU LIVE in a battered neighborhood in an aging city -- Buffalo or Baltimore, Hartford, Conn., or Detroit. Next door or down the street is an abandoned house where crack is being sold or squatters congregate or fires are set. If you complain, the chances are pretty good that your local government will respond by tearing down the house, using federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, state demolition money or even city revenue.Obviously...
NEWS
May 13, 1992
Housing study unveiledTo improve the availability of affordable housing in Carroll, a study conducted by a Baltimore firm has recommended that the county zone more land for multifamily residential development in areas surrounding towns.Conducted by Legg Mason Realty Group Inc., the study summarized Carroll's housing growth during the decade from 1970 to 1980, current housing efforts and unmet housing needs, such as affordable housing.Overall, new housing construction during that decade improved the quality of the county's housing units; housing prices and rents have increased, while vacancy levels have declined; and the housing supply has not kept pace with household growth, said Jerry L. Doctrow, vice president of research services.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | October 5, 2006
The impending military base realignment looms as Baltimore's opportunity to boost its population and contribute to the reversal in recent years of the decades-long flight of residents to the suburbs. The plan, also known as Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), could bring as many as 40,000 jobs to Maryland as a result of expansions mainly at Fort Meade in Anne Arundel County and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Harford County. While much attention has been focused on expanding housing and improving infrastructure in suburban counties, Baltimore could figure prominently in the BRAC process by virtue of its housing stock, public transit and cultural amenities, business and government officials said.
NEWS
October 25, 2010
Baltimore has thousands of vacant, dilapidated and abandoned houses that create serious health, safety and quality-of-life hazards for city residents. The buildings are eyesores that raise the risk of fires and structural collapses, encourage criminal activity, reduce the attractiveness of neighborhoods to potential buyers and lower property values. They're also the greatest source of urban blight, sucking the life out of communities and making every other social and economic reconstruction task there more difficult.
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