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New program aimed at old Baltimore vacants problem gets slow start

New program aimed at old Baltimore vacants problem gets slow start

After decades of stalled promises to tear down the vacant rowhomes that have become symbolic of Baltimore's woes, Gov. Larry Hogan pledged at the start of the year that "thousands" would come down over four years with an infusion of $75 million in state money.

Nine months later, the program, dubbed Project CORE, has barely begun.

Officials had identified more than 370 properties for demolition by the end of 2016, but just 53 properties have been approved for razing, and costs are mounting faster than anticipated — both troubling signs the program could fall short of its goals.

In interviews, city and state officials backed away from previous projections...

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