The city's Board of Finance approved $58.6 million in financing Monday for new homes, shops and other construction near the University of Maryland Biopark and the Edgar Allan Poe house — an area that has suffered from disinvestment and blight.
A group of east-side political activists is reinventing the Baltimore political club, with the goal of getting more young people involved in politics. They've formed the BEST Democratic Club, which has been sponsoring events from happy hours for young adults to General Assembly trips for students as it reaches out for members.
The Baltimore City Council on Monday unanimously approved Federal Hill Neighborhood Association President Eric T. Costello to fill a vacant seat, but several members expressed concern over a process they said lacked true community involvement.
Fifteen residents of Baltimore's 11th District — which includes downtown, Federal Hill and Bolton Hill — spent Tuesday evening making their best pitches on why they should fill the vacant City Council seat left by William H. Cole IV.
The city's plan to award naming rights to the Baltimore Arena to the Royal Farms chain of convenience stores drew praise Tuesday as a pairing almost as good as Western fries and chicken, though some still questioned the need to place yet another corporate logo on a municipal building.
How's "Baltimore - Birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner" sound for a new city slogan? City Councilman James B. Kraft is expected to introduce legislation at Monday's meeting to set a new official slogan to "celebrate Baltimore's essential link to our national anthem."
Traffic camera giant Redflex has been lobbying the Rawlings-Blake administration and City Council to take over Baltimore's once-lucrative speed and red light camera network — stressing that it should not be judged by an unfolding scandal in Chicago in which a former top company official is charged with bribery.
The city of Baltimore and CSX Transportation have agreed to split the cost of rebuilding the collapsed retaining wall along East 26th Street in Charles Village, according to a memorandum of understanding signed by both parties.
By By Kevin Rector and Nayana Davis and The Baltimore Sun
John J. "Jack" Ray, a retired Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. administrator of quality assurance who was a founding member of St. Thomas More Roman catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore, died July 12 of acute myeloid leukemia at his Parkville home. He was 82.
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun
Arnold M. Jolivet, a longtime advocate for minority- and women-owned businesses who was a familiar presence at City Hall, died Sunday morning at Sinai Hospital. The Village of Cross Keys resident was 71.
Baltimore's police and fire unions are fighting a new proposal from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to privatize part of the pensions of new employees — a move union officials argue will make it harder to recruit and retain the best young officers.
Baltimore officials want to hire their own assessors to determine the size of historic tax credits in response to errors blamed on the state that left some property owners with wildly inaccurate bills.