A mishap at a Curtis Bay chemical plant this afternoon left residents of several South Baltimore and Anne Arundel County neighborhoods sheltered in place for an hour and a half.
City fire officials are looking into what kept two fire hydrants from opening up during a Monday afternoon blaze in Curtis Bay that left nearly two dozen people displaced.
The ongoing battle against a giant trash incinerator being waged by the youth of Curtis Bay has made national news here and there, to the detriment of our city’s reputation. A recent article on the incinerator in online environmentalist magazine Grist describes Baltimore as “a city that essentially poisons its children.”
Plans are underway to build the nation’s largest garbage incinerator in Curtis Bay, a neighborhood that already has plenty of problems–including one of the nation’s highest levels of toxic air pollution, even before the incinerator has been built.
Baltimore man Ryan Michael Trembly, 29, walked up to the receptionist at Annapolis’s Bubbles Hair Salon and pointed what he hoped would like a gun at her from under his shirt. He whispered, “Give me all your money.” But instead of complying, Shomari Stone laughed at him, saying, “Not today!”
Stone was still laughing when she recounted the incident to NBC’s Philadelphia affiliate a couple days later. She said it was obvious that Trembly had nothing under his shirt but his fingers. Plus, in her words, “who tries to rob a hair salon? The bank’s right there.”
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.
Have you heard of Baltimore Heritage? The 50-year old non-profit is Baltimore’s historical and architectural preservation organization. Its Spring Walking Tour series — this year featuring Charles Village, Bolton Hill, Roland Park, Ten Hills and Curtis Bay — provides guided strolls that uncover the buildings, stories and places that weave the cultural fabric of Baltimore’s historic neighborhoods. Walking tours are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
The 2012 tours start on April 21 and continue on every Saturday through May 19!
Read on for the details then register online today. Registrations will be confirmed by e-mail, including information on how to pay.
Spring 2012 Tours
LGBT Heritage: Charles Village – April 21, 10 a.m. to noon
Creating the Movement: Baltimore’s Early LGBT History in Charles Village
Over forty years ago, members of Baltimore’s gay and lesbian network launched a concerted effort to organize and build a more open community. Many of these early leaders lived in Charles Village and the projects they spearheaded happened in this central Baltimore neighborhood. Please join LGBT leaders Richard Oloizia and Richard Hughes, and a number of other luminaries in the LGBT community, on a tour through Charles Village to learn about the early organizing campaigns and the people behind them.
Meet in front of Normals Bookstore, 425 E. 31st St. Park on the street.
Bolton Square – April 28, 10:00 a.m. to noon
A New Historic Community in a Historic Neighborhood
In 1967, Bolton Square arose as an urban renewal project after a number of blocks in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood were cleared as “slums.” With 36 light-filled and open houses designed by noted architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen clustered around a communal green space, the architect and developer strove to create a middle class community that would attract people back into the city. Today Bolton Square celebrates its 45th anniversary and itself is officially designated as a Baltimore City historic district. Join residents and Bolton Square history aficionados Jon Kaplan and Joel Pearson on a tour of this Modernist architectural gem.
Meet at the home of our tour guides, 1416 Mason St. Mason St. runs parallel to Eutaw St. and is between Eutaw and Bolton. The nearest cross street is Lafayette Avenue. Park on the street.