Years after Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation banning stores from handing out plastics bags in Baltimore City, Councilman Bill Henry is giving it another go.
For the third time in four months, a city Department of Transportation employee has been investigated for unethical behavior while on the job. The latest case involves a now-former manager who investigators say was pulling double duty as a driver for a rideshare service and falsifying hours on his timesheet.
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.
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.
Welcome to the photo series What We Make Now. If you live in Baltimore, you may hear people on social media say “Baltimore used to make things” or “The city doesn’t make things any more.”
This series was created to show that nothing could be further from the truth. Baltimore’s traditional industries–iron working, steel fabrication, candy-making, silversmithing, brewing, distilling, textiles–are all still here and, in some cases, thriving. In this series, I’ll be looking at the modern-day factories and industrial spaces in the city where things are still made, with some guidance from the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Look for a new gallery twice a month until Labor Day.
Though 2019 started out on a good note, Horseshoe Casino once again saw its year-over-year revenue slide, according to new figures released by the Maryland Lottery and Gaming agency.
In May, the city’s lone casino brought in $20,559,140, a decrease of roughly $3.5 million (or 14.6 percent) from May 2018. While January and March had slight increases in gambling revenue, February, April and May all saw declines.
After years of delayed and unfinished renovations at Harborplace, an exodus of vendors and, as of this week, the shopping plaza being placed into receivership, Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young says he would rather see the whole thing razed and replaced than continue to flounder.
“I would like to see it really torn down and redone,” Young said at his weekly press briefing this morning. “That would be my preference. But you know, it all costs money.”
Ahead of a June 7 hearing to discuss the Baltimore Police Department’s budget, City Council President Brandon Scott and 11th District Councilman Eric Costello have asked Police Commissioner Michael Harrison to come prepared with a crime plan.
Citing an increase in homicides and non-fatal shootings, Scott, chair of the Public Safety Committee, and Costello, chair of the Budget and Appropriations Committee, said police need to come up with a crime-reduction strategy that dovetails with other violence-reduction efforts.
Baltimore’s civil rights office, including its Civilian Review Board that handles complaints of police misconduct, will once again be its own independent agency “effective immediately,” Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young ordered today.