Oakland Ghost Ship Fire

The Bell Foundry, Baltimore's arts scene and the issue of safe, affordable housing

The Bell Foundry, Baltimore's arts scene and the issue of safe, affordable housing

In recent years, Dan Deacon — one of Baltimore's best-known musicians — has toured with Grammy nominees Arcade Fire and Miley Cyrus, at times playing arenas with capacities above 20,000 people.

That success and exposure would never have been possible, Deacon said, without "underground" spaces like the Bell Foundry, the converted North Baltimore industrial space that city officials condemned Monday. Artists worked, lived and held concerts there despite a lack of permits.

Without these unsanctioned spaces and the creativity inside them, Deacon said Baltimore's reputation for music — known around the world, even dubbed "Best Scene" by Rolling Stone in 2008 —...

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