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Posted at 9:25 AM ET, 12/27/2010

Baltimore struggling with blight

By Elizabeth Flock
Baltimore's Reservoir Hill has been hit hard by foreclosures and vacancies. (Susan Biddle -- The Washington Post)

Baltimore has more houses than peopleWAMU reported Monday,resulting in blight. The city, which has been shrinking for decades, is now trying to get rid of abandoned homes not worth saving, and to preserve the ones that are in a program called "Vacants to Value".

The "Vacants to Value" program will deploy attorneys to help get investment in "emerging markets" in Baltimore, or areas of the city where small private and nonprofit developers believe they can make a difference. There are roughly 700-plus  vacant buildings in emerging markets, according to a Baltimore Housing market analysis.

Housing Department Deputy Commissioner Julie Day told WAMU there are 6,000 abandoned properties that can become neighborhood assets. Assets include homes, community gardens, playing fields, and urban agriculture.

Baltimore Housing Commissioner Paul Graziano estimated that 10,000 homes should be demolished.

By Elizabeth Flock  | December 27, 2010; 9:25 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  | Tags:  Baltimore, Foreclosure, WAMU  
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