Nice to see Hollins Market covered ("250 Years of Cheap Eats," Feature, March 6). The top floor of the market is a marvelous architectural hall with an approximately 30-foot ceiling and 20-foot arched windows. It was used as a rec center until the early '70s, when it is rumored to have been closed due to local racism.
Some of our existing community needs are: Senior and teen meeting centers; gallery and performance spaces for Sowebo Arts, Black Cherry Puppet Theater, Curious Palace, and other neighborhood arts groups; and a meeting hall for Hollins Roundhouse Neighborhood Association, the Arabber Preservation Society, Mount Clare Gardens, and other neighborhood organizations.
It would be in the city's long-term financial and cultural interest to maintain this part of the market and keep it open to the public. Our city markets are part of the charm and magic that makes Baltimore a unique place to live, work, and visit.