Bulldozers stationed in lots slated for redevelopment in West Baltimore’s Poppelton neighborhood represent the first step forward in a long-delayed and underfunded plan to revive the historic area. A sign, surrounded by overgrown bushes and weeds, proudly displays a map of the neighborhood promised by a redevelopment zone. Now five years behind schedule, the underfunded and overly-ambitious urban renewal plan has left residents uncertain of their neighborhood’s fate. Like the sign, Poppeleton also suffers from neglect.
Abu, as he is affectionately called, was the closest friend and father-in-law of Muhammad Hussain – the 21-year-old Muslim convert picked up last month in an FBI sting operation in Catonsville Maryland. At an arraignment on January 7th, Hussain pleaded not guilty. It is expected his defense will cite entrapment, a claim that has not held up in court for any of the dozens of other similar recent terror cases.