Baltimore mayor takes an excavator to kick off the demolition of block of vacant homes in Druid Heights

Operating the bucket of an excavator, Mayor Catherine Pugh clawed down the front wall Wednesday of 516 Baker Street, a 99-year-old brick rowhouse in a blighted section of West Baltimore where redevelopment is planned. Work crews from Humanim had been inside the house and about a dozen others on the block to salvage the yellow pine wood floors and other valuable building material, hollowing them out in preparation for the demolition. On the Druid Heights site, developers are planning an expansion of the Bakers View Townhomes community for families with low to moderate incomes. A park is planned for the opposite side of Baker Street. (Balt. Sun)

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