Getting our Neighborhoods Working

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It is time to pay attention to one of Baltimore’s greatest assets, our neighborhoods, the outer harbor. The Stokes Administration will protect our stable communities, strengthen those in transition, and restructure those under stress. We will make Baltimore a place of choice to live and work, strengthening our neighborhoods as well as our tax base.
This plan is comprehensive, creative, practical, and economically sound. It is based on the concept of investing in an asset, our neighborhoods, and reaping the dividends— increasing the tax base, making our neighborhoods safe, and putting our citizens back to work. Elements of the plan include:

HOUSING ADMINISTRATION

  • Change Leadership
  • Visible Commissioner and Staff
  • Eliminate the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods

NEIGHBORHOODS ON THE CUSP

  • Rebuilding Communities from their Strengths
  • Foreclosures

VACANT HOUSING, BLIGHTED OPEN LOTS, CLOSED BUSINESSES

  • Vacant Housing
  • Sustainable Redevelopment
  • Tax Sale Process
  • Land Bank
  • Main Streets and Small Businesses

FUNDING

  • Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
  • Community Development Bonds

JOBS, HEALTHY HOMES, and AFFORDABLE HOUSING

  • Workforce Development and Training
  • Healthy and Eco-Friendly Housing
  • Affordable Housing

PUBLIC HOUSING

  • Privatization
  • Protecting our Citizens and Housing Employees

TINY HOUSES

  • Affordable Housing
  • Homeless Community

UNDERLYING SOCIAL FACTORS

  • Public Safety
  • Education
  • Transportation