Bernard C. Young

Maryland Gov. Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Young mark progress in razing city's vacant homes. How much is unclear.

Maryland Gov. Hogan, Baltimore Mayor Young mark progress in razing city's vacant homes. How much is unclear.

With some expert advice from Pless Jones of P&J Contracting, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan manned a 21-ton hydraulic excavator Thursday and smashed a gaping hole in the side of a dilapidated, vacant rowhome in East Baltimore.

“I was taking out some of my frustrations,” the Republican governor said later. “You know, it’s a lot more fun than what I normally do every day.”

Besides the therapeutic value of seeing bricks come tumbling down, the demolition photo opportunity served to promote a city-state partnership, Project CORE, that aims to put a dent in the city’s stubborn problem of vacant homes.

Hogan, state officials and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young...

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