Then-and-now pictures: Downtown Sykesville

19532018Then Businesses are seen along Main Street in downtown Sykesville in 1953.George Cook / Baltimore SunNow Businesses are seen along Main Street in downtown Sykesville.Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun

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Baltimore and the surrounding area sure has changed a lot in its centuries-long history. But many traditions and landmarks from decades ago are still around today, give or take a few variations.More

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  • Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

    Rodricks: Baltimore's arabbers are struggling to keep the tradition alive. Here's how the city can help.

    There are bigger and more pressing issues than the one to which I turn again today — the preservation of the arabbers of Baltimore — but few that so well symbolize both the city’s potential for excellence and its tendency to mess things up. It would not take much for City Hall to ensure that the...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: When was the last time Maryland voted for a third-party candidate...

  • 50 years ago: The Sun's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the Baltimore riots

    50 years ago: The Sun's coverage of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and the Baltimore riots

    The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. had profound effects on the country, with some 125 cities erupting in civil unrest. In Baltimore, the killing of the civil rights leader in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, lead to unrest, protests and ultimately looting, fires and rioting that tore...

  • As Towson turns 250, new book by historian John McGrain fondly recalls a simpler Towson of old

    As Towson turns 250, new book by historian John McGrain fondly recalls a simpler Towson of old

    John W. McGrain Jr., the prolific local historian and photographer, celebrates Towson’s 250th birthday and transition from a one-house village to a modern bustling county seat in his recently published book “250 Candles for Towson: Documents and Memoirs.” McGrain, who is in his late 80s, was the...

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Who pitched the first no-hitter for the Baltimore Orioles?

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  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Name the writer -- born and raised in Baltimore (a graduate of...

  • Hammerjacks music venue and night club through the years

    Hammerjacks music venue and night club through the years

    Hammerjacks has gone through several iterations over the years -- and another rebirth is planned in the area near M&T Bank Stadium. Here's a look at the storied club and concert hall over the years. 

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: Which Staten Island ferryboats were built by ancestors or branches...

  • When Mount St. Mary's found the pot o' gold

    When Mount St. Mary's found the pot o' gold

    On March 17, 1962, the Mount St. Mary's University Mountaineers basketball team captured the NCAA college division tournament, 58-57, in overtime over Sacramento State, in a white-knuckled finish.

  • Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Retro Baltimore Trivia

    Readers: Think you know your Baltimore? Try answering our weekly trivia question. Some weeks will be ridiculously easy, some weeks a bit more challenging. Put your best guess in the “comments” field. Here’s today’s trivia: QUESTION: For what film did Barry Levinson get his first Oscar nomination?...

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