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June 24, 2011
Last Sunday, The Sun ran a story on the revitalization efforts in Johnston Square ("Is this house worth $475K?" June 19). As executive director of Mi Casa, Inc., the not-for-profit developer for this project, I believe the development on Preston Street makes sense for taxpayers of Baltimore and Johnston Square. This neighborhood is at the hub of Station North, Mount Vernon, downtown, Fells Point and the East Baltimore Development Initiative. It is a linchpin in the long term development of near east Baltimore that could reinvigorate commercial activity.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | September 4, 2014
The city's Southeastern District was again hit the hardest with robberies, recording 16 hold-ups for the week ending Aug. 30, according to data posted by the city. Across the city, 85 robberies were reported by police, the highest since The Sun began this weekly blotter feature. That was up slightly over the 83 reported the previous week, and was 16 percent more than the same week last year. Downtown saw four robberies, as did the Jonestown and Oldtown neighborhoods.  A sampling of the incidents (detailed accounts not available from police)
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Dan Rodricks | July 6, 2013
So many of the old rowhouse neighborhoods of Baltimore have the following characteristics — one block good, next block bad; safe by day, violent by night; earnest homeowners here; apathetic renters there. Walk along enough of the side streets, especially on the east and west sides of town, and those contradictions are obvious. Just look at the two blocks of Preston Street east of Greenmount Avenue, in Johnston Square. In another of the overnight shootings that have marked Baltimore's summer, two men were gunned down there around 2 a.m. Friday; one of them died.
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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
As the lead singer of the Baltimore feminist punk band War On Women, Shawna Potter occasionally encounters brash harassment from men in the crowds. Some might internalize or bury the anger that results from such sexism, but the 31-year-old has no problem addressing an agitator head-on, as she did in Los Angeles in February. Make comments about Potter's body, and prepare to be embarrassed. “When things like that happen, I'm still shocked,” Potter said last week from a love seat in Big Crunch, the Johnston Square instrument repair shop she manages.
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Jacques Kelly | March 8, 2013
The banner at Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street proclaims the Lillian Jones Apartments are coming. For the past year, I've watched this building take shape in a neighborhood that needed all the help it could get. Come spring, new tenants will begin moving into these 74 units of affordable housing. As City Councilman Carl Stokes told me, Greenmount and Preston had been a "horrible corner. " That's changed as work crews complete the apartment building and rebuild numerous adjacent rowhouses.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2011
The public housing unit Susan Batchelor shares with her teenage daughter on a blighted East Baltimore block has new kitchen cabinets, modern appliances and central air. After years on a waiting list, Batchelor is delighted with the renovated two-bedroom apartment she now calls home. "I love it, I really do," she says. A widow who works as a teacher's assistant, she also loves her low rent: $475 a month, utilities included. But whether it's such a bargain for taxpayers is debatable.
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By Melody Simmons and Melody Simmons,Staff Writer | September 29, 1993
On Saturday, Barbara Henry will move into a new, three-bedroom townhouse in a blighted area of East Baltimore."I've been looking for decent, low-income housing for a long time," Ms. Henry said yesterday at the official opening of a $4.1 million, 55-townhouse development in the 1100 block of Aisquith St. in Johnston Square."
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2012
A man was shot in the 1000 block of Greenmount Avenue in the Johnston Square neighborhood of East Baltimore Monday night, according to Baltimore police - adding another crime scene to a north-south corridor already left bloodied in recent days. Police responded to the scene about 10:15 and found the man shot, police said. Further details were not immediately available. On Nov. 20, 16-year-old Daniel Pearson was shot and killed and two men were shot and wounded in a triple shooting to the north, in the 2700 block of Greenmount.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Evening Sun Staff | November 14, 1991
Prompted by a shootout outside Johnston Square Elementary School in East Baltimore, city police plan to increase patrols near the school to reassure worried parents and pupils."
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By Richard Irwin and Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF | March 20, 2002
Gunfire erupted last night in the city's Johnston Square neighborhood, killing two people and leaving a third hospitalized in fair condition. Identities of the victims - all male - and a motive for the triple shooting were not known as homicide detectives attempted to locate witnesses to the 9:15 p.m. violence and gather evidence. A large wad of cash was recovered from one of the victims, police said. Police Lt. Martinez Davenport, head of the Eastern District's drug enforcement unit, said the inner city area of the shootings - just west of the 1200 block of Greenmount Ave. - is known for heavy drug trafficking.
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Dan Rodricks | August 22, 2013
Baltimore is your unpredictable uncle in a bathrobe - sweet one minute, grouchy the next; as kind as an old friar today, as menacing as a hit man tomorrow. This town will baffle you. It is sane and insane, charming and ugly, cosmopolitan and puny, brilliant and middling, future thinking and stuck in its ways. Maybe every city is like this, particularly those with lingering violent crime. Every city with lingering violent crime probably has an old-school bakery or a revered deli where you can still get amazing smoked herring.
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By Justin George and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
An infant child was found next to her dying mother just before dawn Tuesday after police say a man broke into a Pigtown home, killed a young couple and shot two others - a grisly scene that brought to 20 the number of people shot in the city in a span of 80 hours. Police said they had charged 35-year-old Melville Mason, who they said was caught trying to escape the home. The arrest came as officials sought to address concerns about spiking crime amid a violent summer and a recent outburst of street robberies throughout the city.
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By Scott Calvert, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2013
A child was shot along with two men Saturday night in the Johnston Square neighborhood of East Baltimore, police said. The shooting occurred around 9:39 p.m. in the 1200 block of E. Eager St., said Detective Angela Carter-Watson, a police spokeswoman. None of the injuries appear to be life-threatening, she said. The child, a boy, is about 6 or 7, said Col. Darryl DeSousa, the Baltimore City Police Department's chief of patrol. “It looks like the child was outside playing,” he said.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | August 16, 2013
Boarded-up and falling down, hundreds of Baltimore's vacant and blighted rowhouses are scheduled for demolition in coming months in a stepped-up effort to rid the city of its most visible sign of decades of urban decay. Over the next 21/2 years, the city is budgeted to spend nearly $22 million to tear down 1,500 abandoned houses - a move urban planners say could transform Baltimore visually and clear a path for struggling neighborhoods to attract future development. Previously, the city had been spending about $2.5 million a year on demolition.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
Police are investigating two overnight shootings in East Baltimore that injured two men. The first was reported just after midnight, when officers found a man shot in the chest at Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street in the Johnston Square neighborhood. He was transported to an area hospital and police have no suspects. At 1:44 a.m., police heard between five and 10 gunshots south of the 2500 block of East Monument Street, and they saw a man yelling "I've been shot," Baltimore police spokeswoman Det. Angela Carter-Watson said.
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Dan Rodricks | July 6, 2013
So many of the old rowhouse neighborhoods of Baltimore have the following characteristics — one block good, next block bad; safe by day, violent by night; earnest homeowners here; apathetic renters there. Walk along enough of the side streets, especially on the east and west sides of town, and those contradictions are obvious. Just look at the two blocks of Preston Street east of Greenmount Avenue, in Johnston Square. In another of the overnight shootings that have marked Baltimore's summer, two men were gunned down there around 2 a.m. Friday; one of them died.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,sun reporter | September 25, 2006
The interior walls and ceilings of the rowhouses have been roughed in but not covered. A few pipes are in place, though no water runs through them. Insulated wires dangle, evidence of the beginning of electrical work. On the floors, leftover construction material - air ducts, insulation - shares space with empty cartons of pizza and Chinese food and beer bottles and soda cans. In the early 1990s, Baltimore's Housing Authority set out to create 20 public housing units in abandoned rowhouses just south of Green Mount Cemetery and a few blocks away from the Maryland Correctional Adjustment Center, better known as Supermax, in the troubled Johnston Square neighborhood on the near east side.
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By Jonathan D. Rockoff and Jonathan D. Rockoff,SUN STAFF | July 18, 2002
For years, anyone walking past the main office at Cockeysville's elementary school could hear Christmas music as well as the uplifting message of the principal. Eileen L. Copple used an open door, a deep reservoir of encouraging words, and a year-round play list of holiday songs to enlist parents, teachers and pupils in her successful effort to lift achievement levels at the Baltimore County school. Now Copple, the former principal at Padonia International Elementary School and most recently leader of a Baltimore County team dedicated to reviving the system's worst performing schools, faces an even more difficult challenge.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2013
Jamila Ward and Lionel Jennings had been house hunting on and off for two years when their agent pointed the couple in a new direction: a formerly condemned property in a revitalized area of Baltimore. Some city neighborhoods, just years ago marked by abandoned or deteriorating single-family homes, are becoming places of renewal, with nonprofit agencies buying up properties and renovating them for sale to first-time homebuyers. Ward and Jennings, her fiance, qualified for one of these properties in the Johnston Square neighborhood on the city's east side.
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Jacques Kelly | March 8, 2013
The banner at Greenmount Avenue and Preston Street proclaims the Lillian Jones Apartments are coming. For the past year, I've watched this building take shape in a neighborhood that needed all the help it could get. Come spring, new tenants will begin moving into these 74 units of affordable housing. As City Councilman Carl Stokes told me, Greenmount and Preston had been a "horrible corner. " That's changed as work crews complete the apartment building and rebuild numerous adjacent rowhouses.
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