Hopkins unveils preliminary plans for Agora Institute

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A rendering of the proposed design for Johns Hopkins University’s Agora Institute.

Johns Hopkins students will be able to have coffee in “The Factory” and listen to open-air concerts beneath the “Conversation Cube” when they visit the next major building on the Homewood campus.

Those are nicknames for parts of the planned Stavros Niarchos Foundation Agora Institute, an interdisciplinary center targeted for completion in 2022.

Woodberry residents question whether a proposed development is ‘historic’ enough

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Rendering by Marren Architects/Design Collective

Another preservation controversy is brewing in historic Woodberry, just as residents are deciding whether to have their area designated a city historic district.

What We Make Now: Old Line Spirits

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It’s been about three years since Arch Watkins and Mark McLaughlin opened Old Line Spirits in East Baltimore, an area rich in distilling history with Seagram’s in nearby Dundalk and Standard Distillers on Lombard operating back in the day.

Baltimore’s distilling industry is now bouncing back, as Baltimore Spirits Co. and Sagamore Spirit are populating local shelves and bars along with Old Line.

But unlike those operations, Old Line is creating something entirely new to Baltimore: an American single-malt whiskey.

Hot Plate: Bentley’s, Gangster Vegan and Bon Fresco open, new menu at Pitango, La Cuchara farmers’ market dinner and more

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Pitango in Fells Point has recently introduced a bunch of new menu items, including cocktails and sandwiches made on freshly baked bread.

As summer winds down, the Baltimore restaurant scene is heating up. This week brings news of openings, pop-ups, collaborations and a couple terrific-sounding seasonal dinners.

Weekend Events Calendar: St. Elizabeth’s Summer Carnival, Dam Jam, Maryland State Fair

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Photo via Facebook.

Get out and keep enjoying the summer this weekend before it’s gone. In the city, there’s Dam Jam, a summer carnival or a dog ice cream social. Here are a few more ways to live it up:

DPW worker may have posted bigoted tweets on the clock, OIG says he no longer works there

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Image via YouTube.

A Department of Public Works employee who made racist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBT and pro-Nazi posts on social media may have done so while on the clock for the city, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

But no further action can be taken because Crescenzo Gizzi, who wrote on his LinkedIn profile that he worked as a project analyst with the agency’s Office of Engineering and Construction, is no longer employed by the city.