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...