BALTIMORE (AP) — Since 1950, Baltimore has dropped from America’s sixth most populous city to the country’s 30th largest. And there’s no end in sight to the population drain.

Baltimore is far from alone in grappling with issues of urban decay. But at a time when rival cities are gaining residents, Baltimore’s decades-long disappearing act is only continuing. It has led all U.S. cities in population loss for the last two years running.

Its 16,000 abandoned properties are symbols of this city’s enduring social divide. Housing researchers say some 20,000 other properties are unoccupied and pose a risk of becoming crumbling shells in the future.

Government officials are now focused on stabilizing and revitalizing neighborhoods that can grow. A major part of the solution is ramped-up demolition to increase odds of redevelopment.

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Comments (9)
  1. Oh sure!! Guess the DEAD bodies piling up has nothing to do with it or maybe violent crime and ENDLESS guns on our streets or maybe the roads are in such deplorable condition or maybe the outrageous cost of living and high taxes or gov’t driving out business, does that help to really clarify the bigger picture of people leaving Baltimore city in droves…

  2. SMH @ STUPITY! Let’s avoid the VERY OBVIOUS problems that have been plagued this city for a long time!

  3. Forgot one! Sanctuary city for “ILLEGAL” ALIENS! BUILD THE WALL!!

  4. Tickedoff Person says:

    As long as the Mayor and City Council gets their raises year after year. That is all that matters. Workers get a raise. They give themselves the same raise. Off year??? they still give themselves one under the city charter. Full time benefits for part time employees. Mayor serves one term…no problem full pension and benefits. Let’s not forget all of the x-mayors. They get the same raises in their pensions too.SHHHHH…your not supposed to know about that!!!!!

  5. Karl Feintuch says:

    Growing up in the 1950s-60s, Baltimore had an excellent public school system that fed employment utilizing a variety of job skills and preferences. You are looking at the decay associated with decades of one-party rule.

    Recent events: A motorist was stabbed to death after giving a beggar money and resisting the beggar’s accomplice attempting to grab the victim’s purse. Strangers show up at the door offering home improvement quotes and get angry if you don’t have projects for them because their promised commissions are for the quotes, not the work. Your car windows will be cleaned at traffic lights by strangers who want their “pay”. Children die in gun battles from crossfire penetrating houses, cars, or just sitting on the porch.

    Meanwhile, role-model police chiefs are convicted of multi-year failure to file tax returns: No vetting followed by procrastination in picking successors.

    Baltimore is in a death spiral (unfortunate pun intended)

    1. WOW! That sums it up for sure! Very well stated!

  6. Davin Gray says:

    Your MLB team isn’t much of an attraction either.

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