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Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Convert more vacants to homes, more renters to homeowners

Reverse Baltimore's population slide: Convert more vacants to homes, more renters to homeowners

Aside from the obvious — better results from city schools, fewer shootings and less crime generally — there are two efforts that, when ramped up, could keep more Baltimore families from leaving town and possibly stabilize the city’s population in the near future: Converting more vacant rowhouses to habitable homes and converting more renters to homeowners.

That might seem as obvious as schools and crime — and, as always, easier said than done — but when you consider all the factors in the city’s housing market today, it’s possible to see fresh opportunity.

Especially if you bring fresh eyes to it.

I recently met with two men from Montgomery County, Gladstone Ewing and...

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