Victory for Poppleton: The Eaddys can stay, the Sarah Ann houses will be saved and rehabbed
by Fern Shen
Published July 18 in Baltimore Brew
Excerpt: Living in West Baltimore’s Poppleton neighborhood has been heartbreaking for residents – the city taking their homes by eminent domain for a project that’s dragged on for a decade, spawning more vacant weedy lots than new buildings.
Fighting back against what they viewed as a textbook case of failed development, residents and their allies made signs and fliers, held rallies, researched land records and wrangled doggedly with city officials to preserve what’s left of a community inhabited by Black families since the Civil War.
Today, to their surprise and delight, they are scheduled to stand side-by-side with Mayor Brandon Scott, Housing Commissioner Alice Kennedy and La Cité Development President Daniel Bythewood Jr. for an announcement that they are basically getting what they wanted.
Sonia and Curtis Eaddy, who fought for 18 years to keep their house at 319 North Carrollton Avenue, will be able to keep it.
Eaddy family can keep their Poppleton home; Black Women Build to restore Sarah Ann Street houses
by Marcus Dieterle
Published July 18 in Baltimore Fishbowl