Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

Last blighted home on Tivoly Avenue demolished

Last blighted home on Tivoly Avenue demolished

Sweating in the 95-degree heat, Ralph Stewart guided the excavator's giant claw through the rowhouse's porch roof at 2783 Tivoly Ave. on the city's east side. As the structure crumbled, the assembled crowd of politicians, neighborhood leaders and city housing officials cheered. This and another house next door were the last of 98 homes to be torn down on a block of Tivoly Avenue that City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke said was once so rife with drug dealing that one could barely drive a car down it. On Thursday, this block across Harford Road from Clifton Park was eerily empty except for remaining piles of rubble. Stewart, 63, lives a block away on Fenwick Avenue, which...