The Marc Steiner Show

10/01/07 Public Housing


 The varied face of public housing in Baltimore.. the above pictures are all from different public housing developments, or projects, in the city.  From top to bottom, we have Somerset Homes, O’Donnell Heights, Latrobe, and Cherry Hill.

The Baltimore Housing Authority has been on the defensive lately, starting with an article in The Sun last week questioning their use of funds to demolish certain housing projects without plans to rebuild them, or replace the lost units of housing elsewhere.  That raised objections from a few people, including Congressman Cummings.

Then, The Abell Foundation released a study yesterday, authored by Joan Jacobson, entitled “The Dismantling of Baltimore’s Public Housing.”  Maybe you can tell by the title, it offered some criticism.  Included in the report is a candid rebuttal by the Housing Authority, which is actually longer than the study itself.

We’re bringing together some of the key players today, with some different ideas of how to meet the challenge of providing housing for the poorest in our city.  If you have 2 cents to throw in, we’d be curious to hear it.


Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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  1. A note on low- and moderately priced housing in the private market: During the housing bubble, modest rowhouses in several Baltimore neighborhoods were gobbled up by investors to be renovated into “luxury” homes and sold at previously unimagined prices, or to be torn down and replaced by luxury housing. Examples: Canton and the neighborhoods north of the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Older, smaller apartments were bought by developers to be renovated into luxury condos or razed and replaced by expensive condos and apartments. Long story short, the supply of affordable housing has been shrinking in the private sector as well as in public housing. –Bernie

  2. Can the Housing Authority response to the Abell report be posted on the blog site as I’ve been unable to find it on the Abell Foundation Website?

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