Lit blue and amber to mirror the twilight, a new art installation in East Baltimore aims to make the area safer, more welcoming, and more visually appealing.
Mayor Brandon Scott joined elected officials, community leaders and residents Monday evening to celebrate and dedicate the 16 neon structures lining sidewalks of the Amtrack underpass along Gay Street between Wolfe and Ellsworth streets.
Leaders in West Baltimore are envisioning how a new community center at the Mondawmin Mall could serve surrounding neighborhoods, and they’re reimagining how the historic mall interacts with area residents.
Samantha Solomon was prepared for an overnight power outage on Dec. 1, after receiving a November letter from BGE alerting her of the plan.
But then there was another outage a week later on Dec. 7. This time she had no notice from the utility company, a major inconvenience since she works from home.
A third outage soon followed. BGE contractors worked on a utility pole behind her house on the 400 block of 24th Street. Solomon said she learned about the third outage on a door hanger about a week before the lights went out, but even then, the outage lasted longer than expected.
Select buildings in downtown Baltimore could soon be ablaze with lighted signs and digital billboards, following permission last month by the Baltimore City Council.
Within a new district created by ordinance, more than a dozen electronic signs could be located throughout downtown — displaying art installations and interactive gaming opportunities while generating revenue for arts and downtown programming. The scale of the new signage district, officials note, would not be akin to Times Square in New York City or the Vegas strip – but is modeled after successful programs in Denver and Atlanta.
“The concept is not to overwhelm the visual beauty that we already have here,” said Lauren Hamilton of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore. “I think we all love Baltimore, the architecture and the views. It is not the intent of this initiative to change that at all.”
Audrey Bergin was shocked when she saw a yellow postcard in her mailbox informing her that if she did not respond to a jury summons questionnaire, she faced a $1,000 fine or even jail.
The warning was the first she heard about a summons.
“That was kind of concerning,” said the Hampden resident, “and led me to think, ‘what else are we not getting in the mail?'”
Bergin is among a legion of Baltimore-area residents who continue to report lost or delayed mail more than a year after a controversial Trump-era official began major changes at the United States Postal Service. Mail delivery in the Baltimore region continues to lag the nation and is so poor that the USPS inspector general has launched a targeted investigation. Federal and local political leaders are grappling to address the concerns of their constituents and point to staffing as a major contributor.
That message went viral this month thanks in large part to the Baltimore City Health Department’s social media strategy, which has included a series of attention-grabbing memes designed to promote vaccinations.
“We really touched on something that a lot of people, either seriously or not seriously, really do think will prevent COVID, because they do make you feel better,” said department communications director Adam Abadir about the “Ginger ale can’t cure COVID, Derrick” meme.
Baltimore residents can now bring their food scraps to compost bins at each of the city’s five Department of Public Works citizen drop-off sites as part of a new pilot program expanding composting options across the city.
Fruit and vegetable scraps, eggshells, grains and bread, coffee grounds and tea bags will be accepted at the bins, officials said.
Baltimore is reimagining what the busy thoroughfares running along Druid Hill Park could look like in the future and asking for residents’ input to make the park friendlier for bicycles, scooters and pedestrians.
The Druid Park Lake Drive Complete Streets planning and concept design project is mapping out neighborhood priorities as the city transportation department works to improve the roadway for all types of transportation.
As a massive reconstruction of a Baltimore reservoir at Druid Hill Park nears completion, the project is set to move to a new phase: reimagining a destination shoreline with artwork, swimming, biking and other amenities for city residents.
In the meantime, Baltimoreans and commuters can expect a reprieve from construction and roadwork before the next stage gets underway.