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Jan. 28, 2013 9:30 am

This company has 70 years of documented ownership of blighted property in Baltimore: Slumlord Watch

A blighted corner building at 701 West Lafayette Ave. in the Upton section of Baltimore was most recently owned by a company called Harris and Folick Inc., the same named company that was covered seventy years ago in 1942 for maintaining substandard living, as reported by the Baltimore Slumlord Watch. READ THE FULL ACCOUNT The […]

From Baltimore Slumlord Watch: 701 Lafayette Street is owned by a company that was accused of owning blighted properties as early as 1942.

A blighted corner building at 701 West Lafayette Ave. in the Upton section of Baltimore was most recently owned by a company called Harris and Folick Inc., the same named company that was covered seventy years ago in 1942 for maintaining substandard living, as reported by the Baltimore Slumlord Watch.

READ THE FULL ACCOUNT

The discovery by the blog’s publisher Carol Ott, whom we have covered, shows both the impressive longevity of vacant property malaise in Baltimore and the value of the digitization of news reports, in addition to how access to data can convey shortcomings by government and business.

The deeper issue here in this specific case is lack of market incentive for a company to do much of anything with that and the thousands of other properties like it in Baltimore.

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Christopher Wink

Christopher Wink is a co-founder and editor of Technical.ly, the local technology news network. Previously, Wink worked for a homeless advocacy nonprofit and was a freelance reporter for a variety of publications. He writes regularly about news innovation and best business practices on his personal blog here. The bicycle commuter loves cities, urban politics and squabbling about neighborhood boundaries.

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