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University of Baltimore
Reviving the Parkway and a neighborhood
Reviving the Parkway and a neighborhood

A hundred years ago, the Parkway Theater at the corner of North Charles Street and North Avenue was a much admired movie palace and gathering spot for Baltimore's glittering upper crust. But the theater's fortunes declined with those of the surrounding neighborhood over the decades that followed, and by the 1970s it had become but a shadow of its former glory surrounded by urban blight and decay. When the state designated the area around Pennsylvania Station an official arts and entertainment district in 2003, the revival of the Parkway was at the top of the to-do list for those who not only wanted to rescue the historic Beaux Arts building but revitalize the neighborhoods around...