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Flag House Courts
Flag House Courts were a public housing project located in Baltimore, MD. Made up of 3 12-story buildings, Flag House was built in 1955. They had recreational facilities with bingo and dances, a swimming pool, and a basketball court. However, the complex had problems right off the start. Elevators broke down often, trapping riders for hours. Residents were forced to run fans (even during winter) due to a faulty heating system which made the buildings unbearibly hot, and then there was the usual robberies and drug dealing. But the problems only got worse. By the late 60's, gunshots were not uncommon, drunks ran around making a lot of noise, people threw trash out their windows, vacant apartments were turned into drug hangouts, and stairwells became violent crime areas. In 1993, the projects were fixed up slightly, but that didn't help. They closed in 1998 and 1999, and were imploded in 2001.
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