Politics & Business

Pugh launches $55 million investment fund for underinvested communities

Mayor Pugh addresses the media at her May 2 press conference. Image via Facebook Live.

Mayor Catherine Pugh today announced the city will start a nonprofit to invest in distressed neighborhoods that have for years been passed over for development.

Hogan appoints Carter to Oaks’ Senate seat, same one she is running for in primary

Image via Jill P. Carter for Senate’s Facebook page.

Gov. Larry Hogan today announced Jill P. Carter will be appointed to the Maryland State Senate seat previously held by Nathaniel Oaks, who last month pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges.

Mayor Pugh’s anti-business remarks receive plenty of deserved pushback

OK Groceries in Upton. Photo by Eli Pousson/Baltimore Heritage, via Flickr.

While touring parts of West Baltimore earlier this week to meet with residents and look at the progress from her administration’s Violence Reduction Initiative, Mayor Catherine Pugh set her sights on a rather odd nemesis: corner stores.

These exchanges were highlighted by The Sun‘s Luke Broadwater and WBAL’s Jayne Miller.

After hearing plentiful testimony from residents, council considers Complete Streets bill

Photo by Ethan McLeod

A Baltimore City Council committee heard hours of mostly supportive testimony on Wednesday night for a bill that would require the city to ultimately prioritize pedestrian, cycling and public transit over cars, aligning with Complete Streets guidelines.

More than a year before Styrofoam ban is to take effect, vendor for free recycling pulls plug

More than a year before Styrofoam ban is to take effect, vendor for free recycling pulls plug
Photo by Ian Hughes, via Flickr.

More than a year before a recently signed ban on Styrofoam food containers is set to take effect, the vendor that runs a free polystyrene recycling program at the Sisson Street dump will stop offering the service in May, the Department of Public Works announced.

At groundbreaking for the historic Hoen Lithograph Building, visions of a new East Baltimore

Club at Collington Square students gather outside the Hoen Lithograph Building before the groundbreaking. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Standing on a podium set up inside the hollowed-out shell of the old A. Hoen & Co. building in East Baltimore on Tuesday, Ella Durant touched on a distant memory of the structure from her childhood.

“Third grade, my elementary school, we took a tour through this building when it was operational,” Durant, president of the Collington Square Neighborhood Association, said. “Now, it sat empty—oh my goodness—35, 40 years. It’s coming alive again.”

Dougherty Shoes: What’s on the inside matters


Baltimore native Colin Dougherty launched his new summer shoe collection by blowing up a propane tank surrounded by old loafers. 

Poll: Hogan has edge on Democratic challengers; also, one in three Marylanders are Orioles fans

Gov. Larry Hogan at a Baltimore Coca-Cola bottling plant in March 2018. Photo byJoe Andrucyk, via Flickr.

Gov. Larry Hogan’s high marks aren’t slipping as he approaches a chance for re-election November, though at least one in five voters remains undecided when asked to choose between him and a given Democratic challenger, the latest Goucher Poll finds.

Young will call on DOT to synchronize traffic lights ahead of Don’t Block the Box rollout

Image via Facebook

Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will introduce a resolution at tonight’s council meeting calling on the Department of Transportation to properly synchronize traffic lights ahead of the Don’t Block the Box initiative.

Scheduled to start May 1 with a warning period, Don’t Block the Box would give a ticket to any driver caught in the intersection after the light has changed. Once the warning period ends, motorists found blocking the box will receive a ticket with a $90 fine and one point on their driver’s license.

Q&A: Krish Vignarajah on her Baltimore roots, fighting for moms, education funding and her campaign for governor

Photo via Krish for Maryland

Krishanti Vignarajah, 38, is proud of the factors that distinguish her from her competitors seeking to unseat Republican Gov. Larry Hogan in the November general election. Beyond the most obvious difference—aside from her, it’s an all-male Democratic primary field—the former Obama administration State Department senior advisor and policy director for Michelle Obama says she stands alone as the only immigrant in the running, having left civil war-plagued Sri Lanka with her parents for Baltimore when she was a child.

“I had the luck of living a life that allowed me to go from Woodlawn High to the White House,” she says. “And I don’t want my life story to be the exception. I want it to be the rule.”