Great Baltimore comebacks [Pictures]
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life.
Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
-- By Sam Sessa, Jordan Bartel, Wesley Case and Brandon Weigel
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What we want to come back: Pigtown( Brian Krista, The Baltimore Sun )
A few years ago, Pigtown saw a noticeable uptick in young professionals moving to the neighborhood, many to rehabbed homes. The only problem? There wasn't much to do once they got settled. For the most part, those residents are still waiting for Pigtown to become the hip exciting neighborhood they envisioned. They know Pigtown has potential, given its loyal community and proximity to downtown and the sports stadiums, but it has failed -- for one reason or another -- to get over the elusive hump of being underappreciated to on-the-rise. We hope the loss of beloved pizza joint Zella's last year wasn't a telling sign of more uncertainty in Pigtown but rather a golden opportunity to start something new, and possibly help jumpstart the neighborhood's renaissance.