A lone investor from California has snapped up the liens to at least 26 predominantly African-American churches in Baltimore, Ian Duncan and Yvonne Wenger report in today’s @baltimoresun "A derelict church benefits no one,” Christopher Bryan told The Sun. Having purchased the liens at the city’s annual tax sale, he says he plans to rent or sell the buildings he acquires to pastors who will be able to fill the pews. Others are skeptical of his motives - and of the ethics of a for-profit investor from another state buying the liens to religious institutions.
The churches aren't ready to give up. "God planted this church here for a reason,” said Rachael Smith of Seventh Metro. "We have to protect what God has given us. We can't just give it up." (📷 by Amy Davis/The Baltimore Sun)