In 2010, Baltimore Had 16,800 Vacants. 8 Years & Millions of Dollars Later, the Number is Down to 16,500

Barbara Stokes stood on the stoop of her home at the edge of the Druid Heights neighborhood of West Baltimore and surveyed the line of row houses across the street.

Every one of them was vacant. But that’s not the worst of it.

In January, police found the body of a 41-year-old man in one of the houses, dead from an overdose. A week earlier, a 30-year-old man was found dead outside another.