Ethan McLeod

Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in CityLab, Slate, Baltimore City Paper, DCist and elsewhere.

City withdraws lawsuit seeking control of Pimlico, says Stronach willing to talk keeping Preakness in Baltimore

The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Nearly three months after taking the owners of Pimlico Race Course to court over the 149-year-old track’s deterioration, as well as their plans to move the second jewel of the Triple Crown to Laurel Park, the city has withdrawn its lawsuit against the Ontario-based Stronach Group and its subsidiary, the Maryland Jockey Club.

Baltimore Spirits Company branches out, now distributing to West Coast

The Baltimaro herbal liqueur line from Baltimore Spirits Company. Photo courtesy of BSC/Merchant Professional Services.

Union Collective-based booze maker Baltimore Spirits Company has headed west—or, at least, sent some of its products that way.

City set to approve three-year, $25.9M extension for Charm City Circulator operator

Riders wait for a RMA America mini-bus on Pratt Street serving the Banner Route. Photo by Danielle Sweeney.

The Bethesda-based firm that took over the Charm City Circulator bus system after the city took its former operator to court last year is now up for a three-year contract worth nearly $26 million, set to be approved by officials tomorrow morning.

Black Baltimoreans are particularly hurt by soaring city water rates, report finds

Council President Brandon Scott speaks at a press conference announcing results from a new report on water affordability outside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Research has shown Baltimore residents are struggling to afford a nine-year, 127 percent (and counting) increase in water bill rates, with one 2017 report by an economist predicting more than half the city would have unaffordable water bills by this year, if we’re going by a generally accepted standard for affordability.

But a new study, released today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund, indicates it’s getting especially dire for black households in the city.

Feds give $1.6 million for Hoen Lithograph building renovation

The outside of the Hoen building in Collington Square in April 2018. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

The nearly $30 million conversion of East Baltimore’s abandoned A. Hoen & Co. Lithograph building is getting some federal support, with a $1.6 million grant announced today to help outfit the historic former printing plant with infrastructure needed for its rebirth.