News just found its way to me via Facebook, and now the Baltimore Sun Times is reporting it as well: the Poe house in Baltimore--recently shuttered due to financial struggles within the city's tightening budget--has been vandalized. Its steps were stolen shortly after it closed and now the house has seen other acts of vandalism.
While, I understand all the reasons why a city has to chose to take care of its citizens in hard times before it can prioritize historic properties, I worry that the plans to reopen the house may be moot if the house is not secured.
How can we manage historic properties in seriously distressed areas? How can we steward museums in neighborhoods and cities that are in dire straights?