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Holiday Shopping at the Village of Cross Keys

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The Villages of Cross Keys

Retail trends may come and go, but in Baltimore’s the Village of Cross Keys, some things have stayed the same. The 54-year-old shopping center has remained a fixture of North Baltimore with loyal customers who come for the unique merchandise, personalized service and walkable, outdoor courtyard with seasonal plants and benches. Anchored by Williams Sonoma and Talbots, the center’s small businesses include the Pied Piper, Store Ltd., Octavia Boutique among other specialty tenants.

The Village of Cross Keys is the perfect spot to support local stores as you kick off your holiday shopping on Nov. 30, also known as Small Business Saturday. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy the carolers and hot cocoa during its Holiday Hoopla. Some of the stores will feature their own celebrations, like the Pied Piper, which will have champagne for the adults and lollipops for the kids along with a festive window display.

Kick off the Season with a Holiday Hoopla at The Village of Cross Keys on 11/30

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On Saturday, November 30, deck the halls at The Village of Cross Keys at their Holiday Hoopla. Enjoy strolling carolers while you start your holiday shopping. Check out the season’s arts and crafts while you sip hot cocoa. Santa will be there for pictures, checking his list twice, so make sure you are on your best behavior. The Village of the Cross Keys’ Holiday Hoopla is the perfect way to kick off the season.

New Lower School STEAM Hub Encourages Creative Collaboration

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Earlier this fall, Roland Park Country School unveiled several exciting new spaces on campus, including a recently constructed cheery and light-filled Lower School STEAM Hub. This redesigned space is adjacent to the Killebrew Library and connects the Junior Innovation Space with the new Lower School art room to fulfill Roland Park Country School’s vision of purposefully integrating each of the components of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) into the school curriculum for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“We are focusing on every content area to pair with design challenges and projects that have a real purpose to help students extend their learning beyond the classroom in a creative and meaningful way,” said Joe LePain, the Director of Information and Innovation at Roland Park Country School.

Eddie’s joins other grocers in rewarding customers who bring reusable bags

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Stephen Shaffer bags groceries for a customer. Photo courtesy of Eddie’s of Roland Park.

As city lawmakers weigh banning plastic bags and levying a new tax on paper ones, homegrown Baltimore grocer Eddie’s of Roland Park is joining its peers in trying to incentivize shoppers to bring their own receptacles from home.

A neighborhood group wanted the city to delay removing Roland Avenue’s cycle track. Its president told officials differently.

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The former cycle track in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Roland Park branch. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

In one of her final official acts as mayor of Baltimore, Catherine Pugh on March 29 all but sealed the fate of Roland Park’s controversial cycle track when she announced its removal, deeming it “just not a good bicycle facility” that needed to be taken out. Officials had been considering a pilot plan to test out a lane reduction with an expanded bike lane, but that plan died with Pugh’s announcement.

City to begin removing buffered Roland Avenue cycle track April 29

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

The city’s announced removal and re-working of the contentious Roland Avenue cycle track will begin April 29, according to dozens of temporary tow-warning signs now peppering the northbound side of the road weaving through one of Baltimore’s most affluent neighborhoods.

Roland Park Civic League votes to ask city to temporarily delay removing cycle track

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The cycle track in front of the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Roland Park branch, which could soon be reconfigured. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Less than a week after city officials announced plans to remove the divisive Roland Avenue cycle track, board members of the Roland Park Civic League have voted to ask the city to temporarily hold off.

City to replace Roland Avenue cycle track with the old traffic-side bike lane configuration

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A box truck blocks part of the reconfigured cycle track in front of Eddie’s of Roland Park. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

After years of modifications, heated community meetings and, more recently, plans to test out a “road diet” in Roland Park, the city has instead decided to remove the neighborhood’s two-way protected cycle track altogether and replace it with the old design of a painted bike lane situated alongside traffic.

‘Road diet’ experiment proposed for Roland Avenue

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An artist’s rendering of the proposed road diet for Roland Avenue. Image via flyer from Baltimore City DOT.

Roland Park may be going on a road diet.

As part of efforts to address safety hazards and other issues stemming from the installation of a divisive cycle track on Roland Avenue, city officials are proposing to conduct a nearly month-long “road diet” experiment that would involve reducing the number of lanes for vehicular traffic from two to one during the test period.

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