Boarding Up Bmore

November 7, 2011 at 12:04 am Leave a comment

What’s it like to be responsible for boarding up Baltimore’s vacants? Listen to Shawn Chapman, a laborer for Baltimore City’s Department of Housing and Community Development, describe in this “Day in the Work Life” piece from Marketplace. (Bonus: Listen to a song written in 2002 that was the catalyst for the story.)

Photo: Baltimore City laborer Shawn Chapman (Lawrence Lanahan).


Entry filed under: Features and profiles, Public radio.

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