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The towering potential of Baltimore hindered by crime and chaos

The towering potential of Baltimore hindered by crime and chaos

On a crummy day in December, the contractor Marty Azola, who made a career of renovating old buildings, stepped out of the amazing Ivy Hotel, his crowning achievement at Biddle and Calvert streets, and into a freezing rain. Azola looked around and remarked that, having visited many cities, he considered Baltimore’s 19th-century residences, particularly those in Mount Vernon, among the world’s finest. The churches there are stunning, too.

The other day, I decided to take a minute with Emmanuel Episcopal, the one that towers over the corner of Read and Cathedral streets. The people who...

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