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Deconstructing Vacants
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Making the Brown Track Green

This view from the train is among the first glimpses of Baltimore travelers see as they come to the city.
P. Kenneth Burns/WYPR

The first impression train travelers from the north get of Baltimore isn’t a very good one.

And that makes potential investors leery of the city.

The train rolls past older, active neighborhoods at first. But once past Frank Bocek Park, the scenery changes to block after block of crumbling, vacant houses, right in the shadow of Johns Hopkins Hospital’s famous.  Some roofs have caved in and windows are broken.  Sometimes walls have crumbled away entirely, leaving the interior of the houses visible.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

A Bright Spot In The Battle Against Chronic Absenteeism

City Neighbors Elementary/Middle School social worker Emily Snellings has lunch with students Stella Pike and Alex Iyalekhue. Snellings says the school's small size makes it easier to help students with attendance problems.
Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR

A Bright Spot in the Battle against Chronic Absenteeism

At some schools in Baltimore city, 65 percent of students miss 20 or more days of school annually.

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Chronic Absenteeism
5:50 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Illness: A Barrier To Attending School

(l-r) Tyin, Carrie and Connor Nease. The eight-year-old twins suffer from hemophilia, which kept them out of school for more than 20 days each year. Their mother, Carrie, now home-schools them.
Gwendolyn Glenn WYPR

Illness: A Barrier To Attending School

Another installment in our year-long series Empty Desks: The Effects of Chronic Absenteeism

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Baltimore: Bright Promise, Sobering Challenge
5:50 am
Wed November 27, 2013

All Aboard for the Future

Fraser Smith

The final installment of "Baltimore: Bright Promise, Sobering Challenge."

An old port city, a once thriving steel city, Baltimore shocked the world 30 years ago when it became a tourist and convention city.

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Baltimore: Bright Promise, Sobering Challenge
5:50 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Balancing the City’s Development

For Baltimore Housing Commissioner M.J. "Jay" Brodie in front of a vacant house at the corner of S. Carey St and Edmondson St in Harlem Park.
Antonio Barbera WYPR

Balancing the City’s Development

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake is right when she says the demands of the neighborhoods have to be balanced with demands of the city’s visible developments.

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