(The Daily Record/Maximilian Franz/Adam Bednar)
Baltimore announced its latest step in trying to improve the impression the city leaves on travelers coming into and departing town on Amtrak or MARC trains.
On Monday, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, city officials and community members celebrated the start of “deconstruction” of properties on the east side of the 2000 block of East Biddle Street. The 15 homes represent just some of the blight along passenger rail tracks in the city the mayor wants to address via her Vacants to Value and Green Tracks initiatives.
“It’s another milestone as we continue to move this city forward, neighborhood by neighborhood,” Rawlings-Blake said.
Once the deconstruction process, which is expected to take about four weeks, is completed the neglected and vacant row of homes will be replaced with green space.
The properties are being deconstructed by the nonprofit Humanim Inc., which currently employees 25 people to pull down houses through its contract with the city. Deconstructing vacant city properties is often preferred because it creates jobs for city residents and is consider a more environmentally friendly way to deal with blight.
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Jeff Carroll of Humanim Inc., left, looks on as Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake cleans a salvaged brick on a sanding machine Monday as the mayor was joined by city officials, community leaders and residents to announce the “deconstruction” of the north side of the 2000 block of E. Biddle St. The project is part of the Vacants to Value program.