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The beautiful row houses once part of sprawling tenements that illustrate Baltimore's urban decay
The Daily Mail ^ | September 1, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter

Posted on 09/03/2013 8:08:27 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One of the architectural quirks of certain cities on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. is the solo row house.

Standing alone, in some of the worst neighborhoods, these nineteenth century structures were once attached to similar row houses that made up entire city blocks.

Time and major demographic changes have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks.

Occasionally, one house is spared - literally cut off from its neighbors and left to the elements with whatever time it has left.

Still retaining traces of its former glory, the last house standing is often still occupied.

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KEYWORDS: baltimore; landofpeasantliving; maryland; rowhouses; urbandecay
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Last houses standing: The beautiful row houses once part of sprawling tenements that illustrate Baltimore's urban decay

1 posted on 09/03/2013 8:08:27 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 09/03/2013 8:08:59 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Time and democrat voting have resulted in the decay and demolition of many such blocks.

there. fixed it.

3 posted on 09/03/2013 8:11:39 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Remember Baltimore is “Nasty” Nancy Pelosi’s “Hometown”.


4 posted on 09/03/2013 8:12:36 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Only what you’d expect in a city run by black democrats


5 posted on 09/03/2013 8:14:37 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When I was very small in the 50s I rode in the back seat of my parents’ car through Baltimore several times and I remember street after street of those row houses. It is my entire remembered impression of the city. It was declining neighborhoods even then.


6 posted on 09/03/2013 8:15:28 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

There were so many times when I had to travel on Fayette or Baltimore St to service equipment at Bon Secours Hospital. It was disgraceful to see the condition of the once beautiful neighborhoods. That was over 10 years ago. I can only imagine how much worse it has become.


7 posted on 09/03/2013 8:16:15 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

One more example of a once great city run into the sh*thole by the corruption and failed social policies of the Democrat party


8 posted on 09/03/2013 8:16:51 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Those pictures remind me of the pictures we see of Detroit sometimes posted here.

Well, neglect, youth gang violence, decent people having moved out decades ago, druggies taking over abandoned properties, liberal policies encouraging all of these things happening, and the result is places which resemble Berlin after World War II.


9 posted on 09/03/2013 8:17:35 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Funny place for a mercedes to be parked. I suppose it’s not where you live but what you drive that counts in some parts of town.


10 posted on 09/03/2013 8:17:52 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: arthurus

Last time I was in Balmawr some of these sqalid ramshackle old townhomes were being rehabbed and gentrified at an astounding rate.

My assumption was that under Obama the Federal Government is gushing money at such an obscene rate it has overflowed the D.C. basin and many Federal workers now saw a gentrified Balmawr townhome and an hour long train ride as an option.


11 posted on 09/03/2013 8:19:05 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Urban decay - It isn’t just for Detroit, anymore.


12 posted on 09/03/2013 8:19:13 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dilbert San Diego

I have gotten into trouble on several occasions by referring to Baltimore as “Detroit with Crabcakes”.

Mrs. Buckeye, a Detroit native, in particular was not a fan of this.


13 posted on 09/03/2013 8:20:00 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: rdcbn

But, in some places, old neighborhoods have been rehabilitied and renovated, and come back to life.

However, when that happens, the likes of Jesse Jackson decry “gentrification” and the fact that long time residents are forced out by rising rents.

I wonder what the likes of Jesse Jackson thinks cause these slum areas to get that way. And does he really think that investors and “Yuppies” who have revived some inner city areas are really the bad guys because poor residents who are renters get forced out if an area is revived.


14 posted on 09/03/2013 8:21:38 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: arthurus

When I was very small in the 50s I rode in the back seat of my parents’ car through Baltimore several times and I remember street after street of those row houses.
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I have similar memories as we used to visit some relatives who lived in a row house near Memorial Stadium.

You do not want to be riding around in any of these ‘hoods’ at night. Baltimore is a dangerous city.


15 posted on 09/03/2013 8:24:34 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: rktman

It’s going to be cleaned and waxed, looking showroom good. However, if your behind it, you’ll be choking on blue smoke from the oil being burned. Open the hood and you’ll find a disgrace to match the pictured homes.


16 posted on 09/03/2013 8:25:06 AM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I’ve heard that there are commuter trains from Baltimore to Washington, and that Baltimore real estate is a good bit cheaper than in the Washington DC area. So wouldn’t be surprised if federal workers/contractors are living in Baltimore and commuting to Washington.


17 posted on 09/03/2013 8:26:24 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Baltimore is a festering crap hole. If someone tries to tell you the Inner Harbor is cool, tell them to stuff it. Will never ever go back.


18 posted on 09/03/2013 8:26:36 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: edpc

“Yeah, but do I look good?” LOL!


19 posted on 09/03/2013 8:27:58 AM PDT by rktman (Inergalactic background checks? King hussein you're first up.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Don’t worry - the Federal Government will eventually expand so large with printed Federal Reserve money, the DC property market will in time grow to include Baltimore as well. Those row houses will be snapped up by young government apparatchiks and consultants working on our latest nationalization scheme for $8,000,000


20 posted on 09/03/2013 8:29:19 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: Buckeye McFrog

“Detroit with Crabcakes”.

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LOL!!!!

One more subtle differece: Detroit doesn’t have Baltimore’s “Hon’ culture. Welcome to Balmer Hon!


21 posted on 09/03/2013 8:30:28 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: TurboZamboni

Bothered to look it up- there has not been a GOP mayor in Baltimore since 1967.


22 posted on 09/03/2013 8:32:14 AM PDT by drbuzzard (All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.)
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To: drbuzzard

I’m sure evil republicans control the entire city council and local school boards.


23 posted on 09/03/2013 8:33:19 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

As per usual, (according to one of the comments) the blame for the decline of Baltimore? GW Bush! I wonder if we will ever get him away from the control panel of every problem in this country.


24 posted on 09/03/2013 8:36:13 AM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: TheRhinelander

If someone tries to tell you the Inner Harbor is cool, tell them to stuff it.
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A couple of years ago we were in the Inner Harbor. The entire atmosphere changed the momement it turned dark. There was a shooting around 10 pm and we saw a fight break out in the street on our way out. True story.

The city police have a mobile police station frequently stationed near the Inner Harbor.


25 posted on 09/03/2013 8:37:00 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Nice work, Democrats. You destroy and consume what others create.


26 posted on 09/03/2013 8:37:46 AM PDT by BinaryBoy (Socialism steals labor from workers.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Baltimore is a cesspool


27 posted on 09/03/2013 8:41:01 AM PDT by Shimmer1 (Don 't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; Dilbert San Diego
I'm a native Marylander and I see Baltimore every day. I get to see this crap up close. Other than racial politics and the entitlement mentality, the single biggest obstacle to fixing Baltimore is the attitude of the locals. There is not merely a denial of the problems-there is a perverse pride in them. Baltimore is "real city" to them. Urban blight is "honest" and efforts to clean up or redevelop are seen though a dark lens of black racialism or lefty hipster disdain. "Gentrification" and "redevelopment" are attempts by "the man" to destroy the "character" of the city. So when JHU buys up and demolishes a block of abandoned tenements and replaces them with a campus building or a parking garage it enrages rather than encourages the locals. It is crazy. IMHO it will keep on going this way until the city goes bankrupt.
28 posted on 09/03/2013 8:41:30 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wasn’t Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore before he became Governor?

Is this his legacy?


29 posted on 09/03/2013 8:42:49 AM PDT by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
So wouldn’t be surprised if federal workers/contractors are living in Baltimore and commuting to Washington.

Not happening. Even federal drones value their safety.

30 posted on 09/03/2013 8:43:22 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Set building was obviously not required for the HBO show The Wire.


31 posted on 09/03/2013 8:44:23 AM PDT by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: arthurus

Yes, I remember that too, riding through Baltimore in the back of my parents’ car in the ‘50s on the way to Atlantic City. We’d marvel at the row houses, block after block of marble stoops. We’d also roll up the windows because the city smelled so bad. Mostly, it was an industrial rotten egg smell, but even the spice scent from the McCormack factory was too overwhelming.


32 posted on 09/03/2013 8:44:42 AM PDT by PUGACHEV
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Damn if I can see anything beautiful about being jammed up against your neighbor!!!
33 posted on 09/03/2013 8:47:01 AM PDT by ontap (***)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; TheRhinelander

“Detroit with Crabcakes” — made me LOL, Buckeye, sorry about the wife’s irritation with an inspired observation.

Rhinelander - thanks for the note about the Inner Harbor as I’ve seen glowing reports on various TV shows, especially on the food shows. Guess I’ll scratch that off my list of ballparks to visit.


34 posted on 09/03/2013 8:47:27 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Liberals/Democrats like to live in nice places, too. They just don’t want to make the effort to clean them up. I went to California when I was a kid. We went to a beach in Southern California. I went to use a public restroom. Somebody had crapped in the middle of the floor. This was an analogy of liberal California. Beautiful weather. Beautiful beach. Taxpayers paid a lot to build a nice public facility. Somebody ignores all that and craps in the middle of the floor, ruining it for everyone.


35 posted on 09/03/2013 8:50:23 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Starboard

The one thing that struck me was all the bums hanging around and people in general were just rude. I almost got in a fight with a Pakistani after he tried to take a chair from our table in an outdoor cafe’. We told him the seat was taken and he just threw it down. I totally lost it on the guy. If I had been carrying I’d probably be doing a life sentence.


36 posted on 09/03/2013 8:50:25 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Starboard; TheRhinelander

The Inner Harbor was really nice 25 years ago. But don’t let anyone tell you that it still is. There’s a few “safe” areas around but they are becoming isolated and narrow. Definitely do not hang around after dark. There have been several flash mob events this year and in 2012 that the local media conspired to keep out of the news.


37 posted on 09/03/2013 8:51:47 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: TheRhinelander

Balmorites be rude. They keep it real. Just watch any John Waters movie. They pretty well sum up the local attitude.


38 posted on 09/03/2013 8:53:52 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The problem there is that the train system is so slow and unreliable. Much of the DC Metro system seems to be built on single track and the trains are really slow. Most of my friends that make long distance commutes ride chartered busses. A better way to ride, but still a long commute.


39 posted on 09/03/2013 8:58:13 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: joshua c

Wasn’t Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore before he became Governor?

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The TV Series “The Wire” is practically a documentary of Baltimore’s layers of corruption. O’Malley was portrayed as Mayor Carcetti, basing his decisions on his desire to run for governor from his record in a failing city.


40 posted on 09/03/2013 9:01:29 AM PDT by maica (Welcome to post-rational America.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I grew up and lived for 48 years in the Detroit Suburbs. I now work in Baltimore and live in the northern suburbs.

You are dead on. Detroit with crabcakes.


41 posted on 09/03/2013 9:11:15 AM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-NOT IN MY TROOP)
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To: PUGACHEV
it was an industrial rotten egg smell,

Well, it does have a lot of salt water...

I went to school with a guy that grew up partly in Baltimore. He said that in his day, some people would be out scrubbing the marble steps on weekends, but as the demographic changed, fewer and fewer were doing it.

42 posted on 09/03/2013 9:15:02 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: T-Bird45
The seafood at the Inner Harbor is overrated and overpriced. The best Maryland seafood is generally near Annapolis and on the Eastern Shore. The best crabcakes I've had in my life (and I've had plenty) are served at a little sports bar in Hampstead, MD. about 45 minutes from Baltimore. Supposedly the true best ones are served on Smith Island, but that place is a real odyssey to get to.

Camden Yards is a really nice ballpark. Take in a day game and then take a scenic drive across the Bay Bridge to one of the waterside restaurants at Kent Narrows or St. Michaels for dinner. You won't regret it.

43 posted on 09/03/2013 9:15:35 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: Calvin Locke; PUGACHEV
Conversely, Baltimore smells a lot better now than it used to. The steel mills and the paper plants are shuttered and McCormick somehow scrubs their emissions (which I am happy for, because the spice smell alone could make your eyes bleed on a still summer day). The Inner Harbor still smells fishy, though.
44 posted on 09/03/2013 9:21:20 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: maica

Ping


45 posted on 09/03/2013 9:28:06 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Buckeye McFrog; All
I have gotten into trouble on several occasions by referring to Baltimore as “Detroit with Crabcakes”.

Heh - the truth often stings.

BTW, can you guess what Baltimore and New Orleans have in common? Aside from the obvious, that is...

46 posted on 09/03/2013 9:30:49 AM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Scenes like this all have one thing, well things things in common.

One would be leftists. Two would be, well, you can guess that one yourself.

47 posted on 09/03/2013 9:32:15 AM PDT by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: Starboard

Good morning Baltimore! There’s the flasher
who lives next door, there’s the bum on his
barroom stool to wish me luck on my way
to school..the rats on the street all dance
round my feet— Hairspray

John Waters talks of the Hons, the big-haired
middle aged women...leave them a tip at
the bar and they’ll yell after you, Hon! You
forgot your quarter”


48 posted on 09/03/2013 9:41:14 AM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: joshua c
"Wasn’t Martin O’Malley the mayor of Baltimore before he became Governor?

Is this his legacy?

Absolutely. And the legacy of all of the other rotten Democrats that ruined the city. O'Malley didn't give a damn about Baltimore and used the mayoral office as a stepping stone to the governorship. Just like past mayors of the city have done. None of them gives a damn about Baltimore. Just rope in those Democrat voters.

49 posted on 09/03/2013 9:52:43 AM PDT by StormEye
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I have gotten into trouble on several occasions by referring to Baltimore as “Detroit with Crabcakes”.”

Could we say “Detroit with an infestation of Urban Crabs?”


50 posted on 09/03/2013 10:25:16 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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