As I watched Baltimore burn on the night of Freddie Gray’s funeral four years ago this month, the only comfort I could find was in the thought that the city I loved could not possibly ever again look worse to the world than it did at that profoundly sad moment. But recent events proved me wrong.
Property owners in downtown Baltimore, concerned about crime and delayed maintenance, plan to add their voices, and possibly their resources, to improving the downtown area that has been getting an influx of residents and office workers.
What's the new plan for Baltimore's oldest public market? Dan goes to Lexington Market to speak with two key players: Robert Thomas, executive director of the city's public markets, and Kirby Fowler, president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.
The 500 employees of mid-Atlantic headquarters will be moving in to new 1 Light Street tower headquarters in mid-September. Bank says they have used about half dozen longtime, Baltimore firms to design space, design furniture, create signage and create large photo murals.
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore says it has received permits to add a traffic lane to the 200 block of Pratt Street, removing a section of sidewalk and relocating a taxicab stand adjacent to the Gallery at Harborplace in the Inner Harbor.
City leaders are considering designating two new historic districts in West Baltimore they say could accelerate revitalization of an area that, while once a bustling shopping district, has been largely vacant for years.
In Baltimore, 33 percent of adults aged 23 or older lived with a roommate or parent in 2016, up from 23 percent in 2000, according to an analysis of Census data by Zillow, a real estate and rental marketplace.
Downtown Baltimore continues to play an outsized role in the city's economy, generating about 17 percent of its property taxes and housing nearly 30 percent of its businesses, the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore said in an economic impact report released Monday.
When the team looking to redevelop the Morris A. Mechanic Theatre site embarked on a controversial campaign to raze the 1960s building, supporters of the plans argued the structure had outlived its use and stood in the way of progress in Baltimore's downtown.
Lexington Market would be razed and rebuilt nearby with a park under a plan endorsed by the board running the market and outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake on Friday, as the administration hurries to set in motion the transformation of the city's public markets in the final days of her term.
Preston Gardens, a historic but rundown park separating St. Paul Street from St. Paul Place, will soon get a $6.75 million facelift that will add green space to its upper level and restore its aging sandstone and brick wall.
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore is moving forward with plans to tear down the fountain in McKeldin Plaza, replacing it — at least temporarily — with a new set of grass slopes, illuminated with cafe lights and shaded by new trees.
The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore hired a senior city police officer Wednesday as the new vice president of safety programs. William Marcus will take over the VP spot held previously by another former police officer, Tom Yeager, who is retiring after 17 years with the nonprofit. The Baltimore Police Department promoted Marcus in August 2015 to oversee central, northern and northwest districts of the city. He has served the city for more than 30 years.