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Consumer advocate: Why use almost all the city's share of mortgage settlement on demolition?

June 7, 2012

Vacant homes on Biddle Street in East Baltimore (Kenneth K. Lam / The Baltimore Sun / June 6, 2012)

Should Baltimore spend almost all the $10 million it's getting from the nationwide mortgage settlement on demolishing vacant homes?

That's the city's plan. Marceline White questions the wisdom of that idea.

White, executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition and a Bolton Hill resident, wonders why the city isn't instead putting a sizable chunk of the money toward rehabbing, adding to the stock of livable homes and hopefully also the number of city residents.

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