The "sleaziest" (and far larger) land deal that was not appreciated as such by The Sun or most observers is the "deal" that transfers city housing assets for disabled and elderly to private parties and allows them to charge "market rates" (eventually) ("Another 'sleazy' land deal?" Nov. 13).

A first glance, the arguments for the deal are seemingly valid ("HUD chief says Baltimore will be model for program," March 19). These buildings need significant capital for delayed maintenance and "upgrades." However, at the end of the day, city assets are transferred to private hands because municipalities haven't a clue as to how to provide long term maintenance, upkeep or financing.

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Shame on everyone including HUD, all the attorneys, developers and banks for this politically motivated financing deals that only have a superficial benefit to the public good. This is the largest sleazy deal of this century — so far.

Dolph Druckman, Baltimore

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