Baltimore Decides Some Neighborhoods Just Aren’t Worth Saving
In Baltimore the wrecks stretch for blocks in every direction. Shattered windows, buckling walls, sometimes just a façade, propped up by the houses on either side.
The vacant streets are punctuated by the odd meticulously-kept home; a living city slowly turning into a ghost town. Baltimore has tried to deal with the tens of thousands of abandoned houses that mar the city. But the number of vacant houses keeps growing. There were radical efforts to seize abandoned homes and sell off city-owned property. In the nineties, $100 million was poured into some of the most troubled areas.
Now the city is trying another approach.