Large scale home foreclosures in the US are turning once full-functional neighborhoods into ghost towns. So what does that have to do with Beirut? Ask U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz:

…outgoing U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz riffing on the state of some parts of the city [West Baltimore],…He said the area around there looked like “bombed-out Beirut” and questioned whether the city can pin that at the feet of Wells Fargo, according to Daily Record reporter Brendan Kearney:

“What’s happening in the inner city is despicable,” Motz said, referring to the wayward street kids who come before him accused of violent crimes. Alluding to a 25th anniversary memorial service for a slain city police detective he attended in West Baltimore earlier this month, Motz said “the place was vacant all over the place. It looked like bombed-out Beirut.”

I’ll do my best to send Judge Motz a LLB Certificate before he leaves office.