Zorah Olivia/FlickrAbandoned row houses off Eastern Ave., a major thoroughfare that traverses the entire eastern half of the city.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe U.S. Census Bureau has counted an astonishing 46,800 vacant properties in Baltimore — a whopping 16 percent of its housing.
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesAccording to a 2016 report in The Baltimore Sun, approximately 500 of those vacant houses are so decrepit that city inspectors must check their stability, for fear of the houses collapsing, every ten days.
Wikimedia CommonsBuilt in 1868, the Sellers Mansion was once a grand emblem of Baltimore's post-Civil War prosperity, then a proud landmark for the African-American community that took hold in the mid-20th century.
Today, however, it sits abandoned, as it has for more than 20 years, its bones soon to deteriorate beyond the point of repair.
Baltimore Heritage/FlickrThe Hebrew Orphan Asylum operated as an orphanage from 1876 to 1923, then as a hospital until 1989. The building has remained vacant since then.
James Blucher/FlickrThe area surrounding Old Town Mall, a commercial corridor since the 1600s, remained viable through the mid-20th century. At that point, housing projects were built just nearby. But after the projects proved to be untenable dens of crime in the 1990s, they were demolished, leaving Old Town Mall to rot.
In recent years, developers have set their sights on the area. But for now, it remains a veritable ghost town.
James Blucher/FlickrShops at Old Town Mall.
John Perivolaris/FlickrBoarded up row houses on the border of the Greenmount West and Oliver neighborhoods.
Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesVacant row houses in the Sandtown neighborhood, one of the most crippled areas in the entire city and a very recent hotbed of racial unrest.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesEarly this year, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced plans to demolish thousands of the city's vacant buildings, which, he says "are infecting entire neighborhoods" and encouraging crime.
Dorret/FlickrPerlman Place — which according to city officials quoted in The Baltimore Sun, had "the highest concentration of blight in the city" — just before its April 2010 demolition.
Dorret/FlickrAnother view of the vacant row houses of Perlman Place.
Nick Normal/FlickrTogether, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad (former station pictured above) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad once made Baltimore one of the U.S.' great railroad cities in the — and provided both jobs and revenue.
However, since the mid-20th century, these railroads (like so many other across the nation) have fallen into serious decline and, in some cases, total abandonment.
Alexander Rabb/FlickrSome rotting streetcars, once part of Baltimore's public transit network, have since become part of the city's Streetcar Museum.
Nick Normal/FlickrAn abandoned trolley car sits near the railway.
James Jamieson/FlickrInside the now abandoned Schenuit Rubber Company factory, closed since the 1990s.
Chuck/FlickrAbandoned plants and factories abound across the city.
cranky messiah/FlickrThis scrap metal yard located in Baltimore's eastern fringes is one of several still located in the city. In recent decades, the illegal sale of found or stolen scrap metal has become a source of income for the poor and/or homeless in the throes of drug addiction.
Lindsay Blair Brown/FlickrThe abandoned Canton grain elevator in south Baltimore serves as a grim reminder of the Port of Baltimore's troubled past.
Although it has rebounded in recent years, the port, a major source of employment and revenue for the city, spent much of the last four decades in dire straits.
For much of the 1980s and 1990s, shippers steered clear of Baltimore and business -- not to mention the jobs that came with it -- severely dried up.
Craig Bruce/FlickrAnother view of the Canton grain elevator, shuttered in 1994, when the Baltimore ports were at their nadir.
Wikimedia CommonsThe port's decline began to set in as far back as the 1970s. Above, abandoned ships languish in Curtis Creek in 1973.
Nick Normal/FlickrThe Silo Point condominium tower, formerly the Baltimore and Ohio Locust Point Grain Terminal Elevator.
There is perhaps no clearer symbol of Baltimore's all but abandoned industrial sector and the urban development that has failed to revitalize the city.
Nick Normal/FlickrConstruction at a once decrepit property in the Fells Point neighborhood.
Nick Normal/FlickrMore attempts at revitalizing once dead buildings, now nothing more than facades, in Fells Point. Fells Point is one of the city's most economically viable neighborhoods.
Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWhile most development efforts have focused on the harbor area (e.g. Silo Point), over the past decade-plus Johns Hopkins University has attempted to revitalize some of the run-down property that surrounds its campus.
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesRegardless of lawmakers' and developers' attempts to combat the city's deterioration, Baltimore's sociopolitical fabric has taken a major hit over the past year in particular, especially with regards to racial unrest.
Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesThe flash point came last April, when an African-American resident of West Baltimore named Freddie Gray died in police custody after being arrested for allegedly carrying an illegal switchblade.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesMedical examiners found that Gray received his fatal injuries while being transported by police and ruled that the cause of death was homicide, suggesting that the officers used brutally excessive force.
Andrew Burton/Getty ImagesA protest on April 25 ultimately turned violent and left 34 in handcuffs and 15 police officers injured.
Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesFollowing Gray's funeral service two days later, more protesting and rioting ensued.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesGovernor Larry Hogan declared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew, and called in the National Guard.
Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesOn May 1, the Baltimore City State's Attorney announced that the six officers involved would be charged with various crimes including assault, manslaughter, and murder.
Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesWhile the individual trials of the six officers involved have not all been completed as of yet, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that the city reached a $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family so that the city can attempt "to heal." For Baltimore to truly heal, it's likely going to need a lot more than justice in the case of Freddie Gray.
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