Beating Sheila Dixon

Understandably, Sheila Dixon is the early favorite to win April’s Democratic primary and become the next Mayor of Baltimore. Baltimore Rising doesn’t like that outcome because we feel that Ms. Dixon is a poor choice for a city in desperate need of economic recovery. There’s nothing about her record in office or about her campaign […] Continue reading →


Jobs and the cars you need to get to them. If you live in the city of Baltimore, you may have noticed that getting to work can be a very time-consuming, somewhat uncertain process. Commuting by bus can take a while, particularly if you have change lines, and reliability can also be problem. The Governor […] Continue reading →

No Reason To Wait

No guarantees, of course, but we can help qualified employers get $100,000 to $10 million for construction and operations in selected Baltimore Neighborhoods. Baltimore Rising is working on legislation that will give employers free city-owned lots and buildings in selected neighborhoods with no property taxes for at least 5 years. The objective is to encourage […] Continue reading →

Unemployment. How bad is it?

If you’re familiar with our work, you’ve heard us say or write the sentence, “Baltimore is a city in crisis.” We’re not kidding. We’re not just saying it for dramatic effect. It’s a fact. And why do we keep saying it? Because we’re concerned that our current city government and many candidates running for Mayor […] Continue reading →

Urban Blight?

In Sandtown yesterday, Governor Hogan with Mayor Rawlings-Blake announced an impressive $700 million program called CORE. CORE stands for Creating Opportunities for Renewal and Enterprise. The link will take you to the official press release. The idea is that a good number of selected vacant and abandoned structures in the city’s disadvantaged neighborhoods will be […] Continue reading →

Reality Check: Lowering Property Taxes

Candidate for Mayor Nick Mosby has just today published a paper called “Connecting The Dots, A 15 Point plan for Baltimore’s Future.” It’s his platform statement. Item 6 is about lowering property taxes and other housing-related objectives. To quote from page 6 of his document, We will make Baltimore more livable by lowering the City’s […] Continue reading →

Missing The Point

The screenshot below is the opening paragraph from a December 26, 2015, article in the Sun.  It’s a good, highly informative piece by Doug Donovan. Here’s the thing.  Life is short, people need work now and our federal government can’t afford to be waisting money it borrows from China, et al.  If the President and […] Continue reading →

Financing For Employers

If you’ve read our post entitled “Vacants-To-Jobs,” you know that Baltimore Rising is introducing legislation that gives employers who are willing to locate in the city’s disadvantaged neighborhoods free property and no property taxes for 5 years. The simple, but nonetheless profound idea is that we’re going to make employers offers they can’t refuse to […] Continue reading →


As you may already know, there’s a Baltimore city government program called “Vacants-To-Value.” It’s primary purpose is to encourage people to refurbish and move into vacant property around the city – properties, mostly residential, that the government has taken over. The objective is to turn the huge number of abandoned properties around the city into […] Continue reading →