Edmondson Avenue and Appleton Street, Baltimore, MD

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A vacant three-story row home in Baltimore, MD collapsed August 22, 2016, injuring two. Located at Edmondson Avenue and Appleton Street in the city, the structure was reduced to rubble at around 10:30 in the morning.[1]

The property had been scheduled under the 'Vacants to Value' scheme to demolish 4,000 vacant properties citywide, but had apparently reached such a state of structural instability that the work of gravity beat demolition contactors to it.[2]

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake jointly announced their controversial[3] 'Vacants to Value' redevelopment plan in January 2016, in an attempt to deal with the perilous state of many of the city's abandoned buildings. The program will see demolished properties turned into green spaces before being offered to redevelopers with around $600 million in subsidies.[4]

In March 2016, a man was killed when a vacant building at Payson Street and West Lafayette Avenue in Baltimore collapsed on his car.[5]


  1. Devin Bartolotta, "2 Hurt After Vacant Building Collapses In Baltimore," CBS Baltimore, August 23, 2016, retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. "House Collapse in West Baltimore," Baltimore Slumlord Watch, August 23, 2016, retrieved October 17, 2016.
  3. Ibid.
  4. Luke Broadwater and Yvonne Wenger, "Gov. Hogan announces $700M plan to target urban decay in Baltimore," The Baltimore Sun, January 5, 2016, retrieved October 17, 2016.
  5. "Collapsed Vacant Kills Man in Parked Car," Baltimore Slumlord Watch, March 28, 2016, retrieved October 17, 2016.