Rachel Monroe


The Effect of a Dilapidated Home on a Baltimore Block

A vacant lot where 1906 Boone once stood. Photo via newrepublic.com.

Baltimore Fishbowl former senior editor Rachel Monroe, who left last year to pursue a freelance career, looks at the effects a single decaying home has on a block near Greenmount Cemetery in “The New Republic.” The house is no longer there, but the story behind it reveals why so many abandoned houses plague Baltimore and other cities. Read an excerpt below and view the entire story at newrepublic.com.

When it was still standing, 1906 Boone Street was a classic example of a Baltimore row house: three stories tall and only 15 feet wide, with a curved bay window in front and a narrow garden out back. Built in 1920, it featured a red brick facade, five bedrooms, and a claw-foot tub in the second-floor bathroom. Karen Saunders, who now lives two doors down, remembers living in the house as a child in the 1960s. Lewis Mitchell, a Coast Guard welder, purchased the house next door 21 years ago. Together with his brother, who lives one house over, Mitchell spent more than a year cleaning, painting, and repairing his new home. “I build ships,” Mitchell says. “I figured I could do a house.”

The Ku Klux Klan Is Apparently Still Alive and Well in Maryland

photo via the SPLC
photo via the SPLC

Baltimore Fishbowl will re-publish posts that have become relevant again on Throwback Thursday, beginning today.

Originally published April 8, 2016 – There are fewer than 10,000 members of the KKK, the most well-known hate group in the United States. And they’re not all living in the Deep South.

Baltimore May Be Getting a Professional Soccer Team



In 2018, Baltimore sports fans may be able to watch professional soccer matches very close to home.

College Park Bus Driver Saves Kids From Burning School Bus



Twenty elementary school children were riding home from school earlier this week when their bus caught fire. (Don’t worry, this story has a happy ending for everyone except the bus.)

Johns Hopkins Is a Top-Ten University (Again)


Johns Hopkins University

It was a big deal last year when Johns Hopkins University finally attained a long-time goal of being ranked as one of the top 10 universities in the country, as ranked by US News. This year, when they once again hit the mark, it’s kinda like… meh.

Judge Dismisses $1 Billion Lawsuit Against Hopkins — For Now



Last year, Johns Hopkins was slapped with a $1 billion lawsuit stemming from an unethical experiment the university was involved in in the 1940s. This week, that suit was dismissed — though it may soon be refiled.

Baltimore Douses City in Pesticides to Combat Zika



Last night, Baltimore joined cities like Dallas and New York by spraying insecticide in an attempt to fight back against the Zika virus.

Baltimore County’s Shameful Record on Rape Reports



Baltimore City has had a rough few weeks, news-wise. Now it seems as though it’s Baltimore County’s turn.

Some Hospitals Massively Overcharge, Hopkins Study Finds



In case you haven’t heard, our health care system is messed up.

Uber Launches Food Delivery Service in Baltimore



Pretty soon, Baltimoreans will be able to order up a land-taxi and a water-taxi and a snack via Uber. (Though presumably not all at the same time.)

Johns Hopkins Profs Criticized for Controversial Transgender Research



Last month, two Johns Hopkins public health professors published a 143-page paper that’s won them widespread condemnation from human rights groups.

Bob Dylan Creates Giant Sculpture for Maryland Casino

Photo by  John Shearer
Photo by John Shearer

Bob Dylan is a man of many talents… including, apparently, casino sculptures.

Soon You’ll Be Able to Text Photos to 911 in Baltimore



As our phones have gotten fancier, our 911 systems have not kept pace.

No Grades for Homework in Baltimore County



In Baltimore County Public Schools, your effort–not your accuracy–will be the main thing that counts when it comes to homework.

“The Economist” Examines the Complicated Hopkins-Baltimore Relationship


Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore’s biggest, richest university has a long and complicated relationship with its home city.