5-4-12: How to Value a Vacant

May 4, 2012 at 8:00 am 1 comment

There are an estimated 16,000 vacant buildings in Baltimore City. That’s according to the city’s accounting–some organizations estimate the number to be much higher, closer to 30,000. To help with the problem, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake unveiled her Vacants to Value initiative in November 2010.  The program’s goal is to rehabilitate more than 1,000 vacant buildings, focusing on those in specific transitioning neighborhoods.

Now, 18 months later, she joins Sheilah in the studio to talk about how the program is doing. They also discuss the resignation of Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld.

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  • 1. Raull Duke  |  May 4, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    The Mayor’s hypocrisy
    Mayor S. Rawlings-Blake ‘s (SRB) Rec center plan calls for the closing of at least 4 centers and privatizing others, handing these centers over to private operators, potentially reducing community access. However, when Mayor Rawlings-Blake spoke of former Mayor Dixon’s Land Banking plan, which would place vacant city owned properties into a nonprofit run trust, SRB said she had some “hesitation about moving toward taking these city owned properties and putting them in not for profit entities” which is exactly her plan with rec centers. Further she said her reasons for her “hesitation” was that she felt handing these properties over to other entities would be the last option after city government did all it could do to solve the issues “internally”, exhaust all other options, putting their most intelligent staff members on it and have them “try to fix what is wrong” and “try for the best we can do in-house” – for some reason she did not apply this philosophy or vision to our wonderful Recreation and Parks system. The reason the centers are in disrepair and there are few programs is because her budgets have drastically cut the budget of Recreation and Parks.


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