Martin L. Millspaugh Jr., who shaped the redevelopment of downtown Baltimore from the demolition of the old O’Neill’s department store through the Inner Harbor, died of cancer Tuesday at Roland Park Place.
Jeff Middlebrooks, a city planner who helped place Oriole Park at Camden Yards in its downtown Baltimore location, died of complications of flu and lung disease Jan. 27 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Patterson Place resident was 75.
Hundreds of residents at the J. Van Story Branch are living in a building that is dangerous, bug-infested, and in desperate need of basic repairs. The 20-story building, located on W. 20th Street between Charles and Maryland avenues is owned by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) and houses mostly elderly and disabled people in its 350 apartments. It is visibly infested with rodents, insects, and parasites, which can be particularly harmful for those whose health is fragile. Since
John Paterakis, the multimillionaire risk-taking baker who built his H&S Bakery into the largest privately owned in the country, redeveloped Harbor East, and made governors and mayors his political beneficiaries, died Sunday. He was 87.
Calling Baltimore's abandoned rowhouses "hotbeds for crime," Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced a nearly $700 million plan to tear down thousands of vacant buildings and replace them with new developments — a level of investment in Baltimore's poorest neighborhoods some say is unprecedented.
Phyllis E. Sachs, who was recognized by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer for reviving the Neighborhood Design Center, which was facing closure in the 1970s, died Friday at the Edenwald retirement community in Towson of cancer. She was 92.
Baltimore's self-image seems at odds with the relentless optimism of Under Armour founder Kevin Plank. Plank wants – perhaps needs – the city to shed its inferiority complex if he is to keep growing the thriving company and lure thousands more employees to the city.
Ernest L. Caldwell Jr., a retired senior city planner and urban designer who did early studies for what became Oriole Park at Camden Yards, died of complications of Parkinson's disease July 8. The Stoneleigh resident was 74.
Some say the struggles of the Inner Harbor carousel — which received a more forgiving lease this month — speak to the limits of smaller projects and the need for a bigger scope when it comes to changing the dynamic of the south side of the waterfront.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city has nothing to lose and much to gain by borrowing $107 million to pay for new roads, parks and other infrastructure at Harbor Point, a vast emptiness that is envisioned as a glittering mini-city on Baltimore's waterfront. But some question whether the taxpayer help is needed, especially with Harbor Point already in line for $113 million in tax breaks.
Now that Brenda McKenzie, a economic development officer from Boston, has taken on the title of president and CEO, she faces the same challenge Brodie confronted 17 years ago: What should the BDC's priorities be and what are the best ways to achieve them?
Lucille Gorham, a longtime East Baltimore neighborhood activist whose "quick wits and good-natured tenacity" equipped her as the voice of poor residents who lived near Johns Hopkins Hospital, died of cancer Saturday at her Belair-Edison home. She was 81.
With the future of its top leadership uncertain, the directors of the Baltimore Development Corp., the city's influential, quasi-public economic development arm, met Thursday — the first time in 16 years that M.J. "Jay" Brodie was not in charge.
With a half-dozen key resignations at Baltimore City Hall, some political observers say they're concerned about the recent loss of institutional knowledge in Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's administration.
As Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III announced retirement plans Thursday, Sheryl Goldstein, who served as a liaison between the Police Department and the mayor's office, also said she would resign.
Developers have proposed building a $19 million apartment tower in an area slated for revitalization on downtown's west side that would include 92 affordable and market-rate rentals but require city and state tax subsidies.