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Best Sorry You're Poor

The Baltimore Sun’s new home section

In June, about a year after laying off nearly a third of its newsroom staff, The Baltimore Sun started a new section about fancy local houses. With foreclosure rates steadily climbing and 11 percent of the city unemployed, the daily now devotes a portion of its staff and space to profiling wealthy people and their monstrous houses in the counties. Is it really a priority for the public to know that the senior vice-president of outdoor innovation at Under Armour has a 6,500-square-foot mansion with a room just for his dogs, or that Michael Phelps’ swimming coach cooks on oiled bronze appliances?

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