If Baltimore manages to build the $900 million convention center expansion and arena proposed for the Inner Harbor, business and civic leaders say, the city will join a growing list of destinations competing to woo lucrative convention business with bigger, better facilities.
From the exodus of middle class residents to the flight of manufacturing jobs, William Donald Schaefer confronted problems that challenged big city mayors across America. Inconsistent policies from the federal government helped create at least some of those problems.
By By John Fritze and Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun
Housing officials have sold more of the city's vacant homes in the first seven months of the budget year than they sold during all of last year – but the properties represent fewer than 3 percent of the 4,000 empty houses owned by the city.