Ed Gunts

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Ed Gunts writes Urban Landscape on Mondays in the Baltimore Fishbowl. He is the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.

Construction Begins on $125 Million Circle East Development in Towson

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Yesterday’s groundbreaking marked the beginning of construction of Circle East at the intersection of York Road and Joppa Road.

The intersection of York and Joppa roads has been considered the center of Towson since Ezekiel Towson opened a hotel and tavern there in the 18th century, and a group of developers wants to keep it that way.

Spike Gjerde, Corey Polyoka to Sell Grand Cru Wine Bar to Former Employee

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Photo by Ed Gunts

Spike Gjerde and Corey Polyoka, the restaurateurs behind Foodshed, plan to sell Grand Cru wine bar and wine shop in Belvedere Square to a former employee.

Matt Porterfield’s ‘Sollers Point’ to Premiere in Spain Next Week

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Still from “Sollers Point,” via San Sebastian International Film Festival website

Renowned Baltimore film director Matt Porterfield’s latest work is debuting next week at a festival in Spanish Basque Country.

Former Orioles Exec Janet Marie Smith Goes Back to School

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Los Angeles Dodgers during a game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Camden Yards. Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers, LLC 2013.

You can call her Professor Smith now.

Janet Marie Smith, the Baltimore resident, and nationally prominent urban designer and planner who played a key role in shaping Oriole Park at Camden Yards and other major league ballparks, has gone back to school.

After Multiple Robberies, a Popular Coffee Bar Closes in Bolton Hill

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Photo by Ed Gunts

After getting robbed five times in four months, and then going “cashless” in an effort to prevent thefts, a popular Bolton Hill café has closed its doors permanently.

Morgan State University receives $352,000 grant from the Abell Foundation for plant science research

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Morgan State University announced today that it has received $352,000 from the Abell Foundation to help fund its state-of-the-art greenhouse facility and enhance training and research in plant science technology.

Urban Landscape: Catholic Review HQ Under Contract; Jordan Faye Contemporary Gallery to Close; ‘Chef Boyardee’ Mansion Up for Auction

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Photo by Ed Gunts

For the second time this year, a newspaper headquarters appears likely to be sold in Baltimore.

Hotel Revival Baltimore Sets Oct. 11 as Tentative Opening Date

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Photo by Ed Gunts

Baltimore’s newest hotel is expected to open in less than four months.

Urban Landscape: The Sandlot Already Looking to Expand; Council Votes on the Overlook, Clayworks; Fells Point’s ‘Caulkers’ Houses’ Recognized; and More

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Photo via the Sandlot

Even though it just opened, Sandlot Baltimore is already looking to expand, upgrade and increase its staff.

Musician Thomas Dolby’s Vintage “Time Capsule” Trailer” Up for Auction

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The new Sandlot dining and entertainment venue at Harbor Point may have a vintage Airstream trailer as one of its attractions, but music lovers now have a chance to own something even more exotic.