The Oldtown community, a historic neighborhood east of downtown, has been blighted for decades, and a target for redevelopment just as long. (Last May, for instance, the Baltimore Planning Commission approved a master plan for redeveloping the community.) City Council passed an urban renewal plan in 1970, but little renewing has resulted. This amendment, sponsored by Councilman Carl Stokes (D-District 12), would allow a pawnshop to open as a “nonconforming use” in the Old Town Mall. As is, the plan forbids pawnshops, along with such businesses as “poultry and rabbit killing establishments,” massage parlors, and liquor stores.