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Perkins Homes to be redeveloped under latest demo of Baltimore public housing

Perkins Homes to be redeveloped under latest demo of Baltimore public housing

Every so often, 60-year-old Roxanne German climbs up a step stool and wraps more packing tape around the ceiling light fixture in her apartment in Baltimore's Perkins Homes, to stop the roaches from crawling into her living room.

"If I didn't tape it up, this house would be full of roaches," German said. "I try to live the best I can. My mother always told me, 'I don't care if you live in an alley, make it as comfortable as you can.' "

It could be worse: Perkins Homes, a boxy, red-brick complex that sits on nearly 17 acres of prime real estate near Fells Point, is to be torn down to make way for a mix of privately owned housing designed to accommodate...

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