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City to take earlier, more aggressive approach to abandoned houses
City to take earlier, more aggressive approach to abandoned houses

Past the manicured lawns and tidy red brick rowhomes along Stonewood Road in Baltimore's New Northwood neighborhood sits one house that shows the ravages of years of neglect. A faded and weathered garland from two, perhaps three, Christmases gone by coils around the front railing, and a strip of gutter ripped from the decorative cornice along the roof's edge lies precariously atop the covered porch. Councilman Bill Henry says neighbors call City Hall regularly to complain and to plead with officials to force the owner to fix the place up. But so far, the city's efforts have been fruitless. Notices hang from the front doorknob; more sit unattended behind the screen door....

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