Baltimore Metro

Why Some Homeless Students Travel 2 Hours to School

Mar 14, 2013
Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

Baltimore city school officials say the number of homeless students enrolled in the district so far, 1,900, is higher than it was last year at this time. What’s just as worrisome for officials is that 44 percent of those students are chronically absent from school.

Residents of I-83 Encampment Get New Home

Mar 7, 2013
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

It’s been almost a month since the people who live in a homeless encampment under the JFX in Baltimore learned the city was planning to force them out. They sought help, but were still living in tents until yesterday when the last of them began moving out. For four years, Richard Martin, 62, has been living outside, across from the city jail, in a tent next to a highway ramp.   Last night, his tent and those of his neighbors were surrounded by puddles and mud.    

“I don’t wanna come back to this dump.” 

How Fast is Your Neighborhood's Broadband Service?

Feb 26, 2013
National Broadband Map / NTIA & FCC

It's not easy to  connect with both nature and the Internet. Kelcie Pegher of the Carroll County Times wrote a piece over the weekend about the limited options rural residents have for getting high-speed broadband service. She used data from the National Broadband Map.

City Residents May Pay for Trash Pickup

Feb 12, 2013
Bret Jaspers / WYPR

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake delivered her fourth State of the City address yesterday, five days after her administration released a dire 10-year fiscal forecast done by the consultant firm PFM. The report, which cost the city $460,000, said that even though Baltimore currently has a balanced budget, expenditures will consistently outpace revenues and lead to a cumulative shortfall of more than $740 million by fiscal year 2022.