Chosen redesign for Middle Branch waterfront would turn Hanover Street Bridge into park, build new bridge to Port Covington

Image via presentation from West 8/courtesy of Parks and People Foundation

Dutch landscape design firm West 8 has emerged as the top contender among three companies that submitted proposals to beautify and repurpose the Middle Branch Waterfront—and its plan proposes a major urban planning overhaul for South Baltimore.

Here are three plans for a complete redesign of the Middle Branch waterfront

A rendering from Hargreaves Jones’ submission to redesign the Middle Branch waterfront, one of three proposals. Image via Hargreaves Jones/Parks and People Foundation.

Ignored by and large for decades as the Inner Harbor, Fells Point and other harbor locales redeveloped, the Middle Branch of the Patapsco River is now due for a beautification.

Three national landscape architecture firms have submitted proposals, unveiled today, for a planned waterfront park stretching 11 miles of shoreline in Cherry Hill, Westport, Brooklyn, Port Covington and other neighborhoods in view of the Hanover Street Bridge.

D.C.-Area Rapper Gunned Down in South Baltimore

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Baltimore’s cyclical street violence this week claimed the life of rapper 30 Glizzy, a member of a prominent D.C. area crew known as the Glizzy Gang.

Fourteen Men Indicted, Six Still Wanted, in South Baltimore Drug Trafficking Case

The six individuals still wanted by Baltimore Police. Photos via BPD.

Baltimore police officials say they’ve made a dent in South Baltimore through a recent investigation and subsequent string of indictments in a Brooklyn drug trafficking case.

Anne Arundel Co. Police Charge One of Their Own Detectives with Soliciting Prostitution, Extortion

Det. Brian Houseman, via Anne Arundel County Police Department

A major crimes investigation in Anne Arundel County has yielded charges for a 13-year veteran detective who’s accused of sexually harassing, abusing, soliciting prostitution from and extorting multiple women.

Accused Puppy Killer Turns Himself In

Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD
Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD

Nearly two weeks ago, police said they were looking for a suspect accused of killing four baby pit bulls, as witnessed by multiple people. Police announced an update in their investigation today: that man is now behind bars.

Police Searching for Man Accused of Killing Four Puppies in Fit of Anger

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Donald Yearwood (left) and some of the surviving puppies in the litter, Courtesy BPD

Not all of today’s news about dogs in Baltimore is heartwarming. Police say a 21-year-old man is wanted for killing four puppies and leaving them in a dumpster in South Baltimore earlier this month.

“In-the-middle” Baltimore Neighborhoods Key to Mayor’s Ambitious Population Goal, Says Study

The Station North Arts and Entertainment District, one of the “middle” neighborhoods cited in the study.

According to a recent study by the Goldseker Foundation, “Great Neighborhoods, Great City: Strategies for the 2010s”, the secret to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s goal of attracting 10,000 new families (which would equal 22,500 new people) to Baltimore by 2022 hinges on neighborhoods. Specifically, those neighborhoods the study calls “in the middle”: neither totally stable, nor totally free of “distressed block groups.” Focusing improvement efforts on these neighborhoods, so the logic goes, will give us the most bang for buck, as they are the neighborhoods that combine room for growth with likelihood for growth.

This is a strategy that the Goldseker Foundation began advocating more than a decade before Rawlings-Blake declared her ambitious goal in December. So far, results have been mixed. Over the past ten years some of these neighborhoods “in the middle” have declined to the point that all of their blocks are either “distressed or middle market stressed block groups.” These neighborhoods are Better Waverly, Charles North, Coldstream/Homestead/Montebello, Coppin Heights/Ash-Co-East, Brooklyn/Curtis Bay/Hawkins Point, Cylburn, Garwyn Oaks, and Mondawmin.

On the other hand, some middle neighborhoods have recovered to the point of having no distressed block groups, including Bayview, Ednor Gardens-Lakeside, Glen, Greektown, Lauraville, Levindale, Mid-Town Belvedere, Moravia-Walther, Morgan Park, Mt. Vernon, Old Goucher, Seton Hill, and Watherson.