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Best Neighborhood Watchdog

Matt Gonter

For years, Gonter and his wife, Summer, have worked to make their neighborhood—and the city—better. They reported people fraudulently claiming the homestead tax exemption so much that the state reformed the system. When drug dealers and violent tenants in nearby houses were arrested, Gonter reported it to city housing and HUD. Over time, Gonter noticed patterns. Over and over, the same landlords seemed to rent to tenants who got into trouble with the law. Gonter spoke up about these patterns to city officials. And for this, he and Summer have endured skulking vandalism, open and covert harassment, and, incredibly, cries of “racism” from one very white landlord who resides in Fallston and drives a Ferrari. City police never have caught any of those who harassed the Gonters or vandalized their home.

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