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Carl Stokes
Fire won't affect redevelopment, neighbors say
Fire won't affect redevelopment, neighbors say

Burned-out rowhouses on East Preston Street, charred by a wind-swept fire Sunday, were outfitted Monday with new plywood coverings over downstairs windows and doors. Normally, such boards are evidence of a neighborhood in decline in Baltimore. But neighbors are sure these boards aren't permanent, even if they represent a setback. Across the street from where the fire damaged houses under renovation, residents have moved into buildings already completed — with stainless-steel appliances, sleek hardwood floors and modern chrome house numbers. Wooden blinds now hang in the windows of the redone homes. TRF Development Properties had been renovating the six vacant rowhouses in...