Marcus Dieterle

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Marcus Dieterle is the associate editor of Baltimore Fishbowl. He has returned to Baltimore after working as the deputy editor of the Cecil Whig newspaper in Elkton, Maryland. Before that, he served as the editor-in-chief of The Towerlight. Marcus graduated from Towson University in 2018 with his bachelor's degree in journalism and political science. He can be reached at [email protected]

Community groups raise concerns over 79-space parking lot proposed for Druid Hill Park

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An aerial rendering of the planned renovations to the Druid Hill Aquatic Center. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks.

A plan to update the swimming pool at Druid Hill Park is drawing community support, but some residents are questioning the need for a 79-space parking lot.

The Druid Hill Aquatic Center is slated to undergo renovations to its main pools and mechanical systems and add a new bathhouse and kiddie splash pool. But the project would also add dozens parking spaces around the tennis courts across East Drive from the aquatic center, leaving several community groups concerned about the safety of pedestrians and cyclists amidst increased vehicle traffic.

Mayor challenges transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes in 50 days

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Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young uses a shovel to spread asphalt over a pothole before packing it down. Image courtesy of Charm TV Baltimore.

There was one fewer pothole in Baltimore Wednesday morning after Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young packed asphalt into one on N. Collington Avenue in East Baltimore, kicking off a challenge for transportation workers to fill 5,000 potholes over the next 50 days.

The 50-day pothole challenge is the latest piece of Young’s “Clean It Up!” campaign, which he launched last month, to beautify Baltimore.

Grocery store chain opening at former Shoppers in northeast Baltimore

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Former Shoppers location in Alameda Marketplace. Photo courtesy of Lawrence Howard & Associates, Inc.

Patrons of the former Shoppers location in Northeast Baltimore will soon have a new spot to buy their groceries.

Compare Foods, a grocery store chain with 100 locations throughout six states, is setting up shop in the Alameda Marketplace with plans to open in March 2020. 

Friends of the Jones Falls, Union Collective plan to implement green infrastructure with $50K grant

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Union Collective
Union Collective Credit: Tedd Henn

Union Collective is going green with the help of the Friends of the Jones Falls advocacy group and a nearly $50,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

In 2017, Union Collective transformed an empty, 155,000-square foot Sears Roebuck warehouse into a business and manufacturing hub in the Medfield neighborhood. The collective is currently home to Union Craft Brewing, the Charmery’s ice cream factory, an Earth Treks indoor rock climbing gym, Baltimore Spirits Company, Well Crafted Kitchen and Vent Coffee Roasters.

Now, Union Collective is looking to take care of one of the community’s oldest neighbors: the Jones Falls.

Potomac Pizza Grill opening in White Marsh

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Greenleigh at Crossroads, the mixed-use community portion of a 1,000-acre White Marsh development, will feature about 90,000 square feet of retail space, including the Potomac Pizza Grill. Photo courtesy of St. John Properties.

A family-owned, New York-style pizza restaurant chain with four locations near Washington, D.C., will enter the Baltimore market this spring as a tenant of Baltimore Crossroads, a development in White Marsh.

Potomac Pizza will open its fifth restaurant at Greenleigh at Crossroads, the retail portion of the Baltimore Crossroads mixed-use development, marking its first location in the Baltimore region. The restaurant chain will also add “grill” to the end of its name for this location, hinting at expanded food offerings beyond pizza.

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