Proposed Charm City Night Market mural gets thumbs down from preservation commission

Photo by Ed Gunts

Leaders of Baltimore’s Chinatown Collective had what they thought was a promising idea for their second annual Charm City Night Market, coming up on Sept. 21.

They identified a prominent building where they envisioned painting a large mural, hoping to help draw people to the West Side district where the event will take place. The building owner agreed to it. Best of all, an artist collective from Washington D.C. offered to paint it for free.

But it’s not happening–not this year, at least.

Plan chosen for new Center for Architecture and Design downtown, future home of local AIA chapter


Rendering of a proposed light and projection beacon for the Light City festival on the planned Center for Architecture and Design. Image from presentation by Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of AIA Baltimore

Baltimore’s very own Center for Architecture and Design at One Charles Center is moving forward, with the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects announcing today that it’s picked a proposal.

With Billy Joel, Gervonta fight and more this weekend, DOT to partially reopen sinkhole-impacted roads

Photo via Baltimore City Department of Public Works

Thousands are expected downtown this weekend, what with the Piano Man playing Camden Yards, a Showtime-televised boxing bout at RoFo Arena and a couple other events that are sure to draw crowds.

With the expected influx of visitors, the city plans to reopen parts of two roads that have stayed closed to traffic for a little over two weeks thanks to a whole mess of sinkhole-related repairs.

A sinkhole update: DPW says some downtown streets could partially reopen by end of next week

A shot of the sinkhole from July 10. Photo via Council President Brandon Scott/Twitter.

City officials are eyeing the end of next week to begin restoring some, if not total normalcy to downtown traffic patterns recently disrupted by a massive sinkhole outside the convention center.

MTA offering bus bridge for light rail users after sinkhole swallows part of Convention Center stop

Photo by Brian Seel/@cylussec on Twitter (used with permission)

With no timeline yet for reviving light rail service downtown, where part of a platform was gobbled up yesterday by a sinkhole stemming from a water main break in the Howard Street Tunnel, the Maryland Transit Administration is providing buses to shuttle passengers between seven stops from Camden Yards up to North Avenue.

Where not to drive downtown on July 4

Photo by Elvert Barnes, via Flickr

Your instincts as a driver are probably telling you to stay away from the harbor on July 4—what with multiple barges of fireworks, and crowds swarming to come watch them—but since some have asked, here’s what you need to know.

Final design approved for apartment project that will include part of former Martick’s building

A rendering of the planned apartment project. Image via Quinn Evans Architects/courtesy of CHAP.

The memory of Martick’s Restaurant Francais will live on in Baltimore’s newest apartment project.

Rosé in the Garden – A Summer Soiree – June 23


Rose in the GardenNothing tastes better than rosé in the summer. Fill your glass up and toast to the start of an unforgettable season. Sunday, June 23, Downtown Baltimore will be hosting a summer soiree like no other at Preston Gardens – Rosé in the Garden. Grab a couple of friends and dress in your best garden party attire. Spend the day sipping on rosé, munching on bites from some excellent Downtown restaurants and swaying to DJ Cory Banks. Age is 21+ and tickets can be purchased here. Cheers!

BDC offers S. Gay Street properties to developer planning 62 apartments, ground-floor retail

Photo via Baltimore Development Corporation

A stretch of vacant, city-owned properties along S. Gay Street near the Inner Harbor is set to be redeveloped into more than six dozen apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space.

Martick’s building will be partially saved under the latest redevelopment plan

Drawing via the Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

Baltimoreans will still be able to see and visit a portion of Martick’s Restaurant Francais under a partial-restoration plan approved today by Baltimore’s preservation commission.

The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) voted 9 to 0 to approve a plan that calls for the front third of the former restaurant at 214 W. Mulberry St., to be preserved and restored and for the rear two thirds to be torn down.