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    $700M to Be Spent on Rebuilding Baltimore's Poorest Neighborhoods

    FILE - People stand outside the burned community center and apartments across the street from the Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015.
    FILE - People stand outside the burned community center and apartments across the street from the Southern Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, April 28, 2015.
    Ken Schwartz

    Baltimore is about to embark on a $700 million effort to tear down empty and crumbling buildings in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods and replace them with affordable housing, stores and parks.

    The first area to be transformed is Sandtown-Winchester — the primarily African-American neighborhood where Freddie Gray grew up. His death from having his spinal cord severed in the back of a police van led to last year's riots in Baltimore and complaints that the city neglects certain parts of town.

    "Fixing what's broken in Baltimore requires that we address the sea of abandoned, dilapidated buildings infecting entire neighborhoods," Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Tuesday. "Together, we will transform these neighborhoods from centers for crime and drugs to places our city and our entire state can be proud of."

    Baltimore is a major international port with a 300-year history of industry, culture and world-renowned colleges. In recent years, however, Baltimore has gained a national reputation as a violent city where its black majority, especially young men, find few job and educational opportunities.

    The city's 2015 murder total hit 344 — its highest ever. Some parts of town have no green space, supermarkets or schools, but do have blocks and blocks of boarded-up houses, abandoned gas stations, trash-filled alleys and liquor stores.

    Baltimore's past urban renewal projects in the 1960s and '70s were hugely successful. They brought in hundreds of millions of dollars in tourist revenue and revived a moribund downtown nightlife.

    City officials are hoping once again to turn dreary blight into something bright.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    January 06, 2016 4:50 PM
    Everybody knows that the serious crime rate (including killings) by violent criminals in America exploded in the mid 1960s because of laws past and upheld by the US Supreme Court, and companies and businesses fled the high crime cities and leaving the cities without the tax base and job opportunities to support those citizens not working, [and then], drugs were introduced by the violent criminals and violent crimes exploded once more, and wherever the violent criminals went to live in the cities, the violent crimes and killings exploded more and more?

    And now? .. How do you stop the violent criminals (that disrespects the law) in the high crime areas of Baltimore from being an ever spreading cancer on the city that can't be cured? .. No plan has ever worked or done it yet? .. and until they stop the violent criminals the blight and crime (like a cancer) will keep on growing, and companies and businesses and jobs will never return? .. what company or business would like Baltimore to force them to hire petty criminals or violent criminals (under quotas) to work for them? .. Until Baltimore solves their violent criminal problem, it'll be a waste of money to improve the neighborhoods where the violent criminals are prevalent? .. that's my opinion?

    by: Elly from: Nevada
    January 06, 2016 3:11 PM
    It will be destroyed again at the next protest outbreak.

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