A slice of pizza and a slice of history: 9 1/2 Hours in Baltimore’s Public Markets (Part I)


People are staying closer to home these days, but there’s still lots to do in the region. 9 ½ Hours is a feature with suggestions for local day trips.

Baltimore in 1839 was kind of a big deal.

It was the second-largest city in the nation, after New York City, with a fast-growing population of about 100,000 people.

Nonprofit developer’s 87-unit, multi-block project for Druid Heights, Upton moves forward

One of the blocks along Division Street that would be developed with new housing. Photo via Google Street View.

With sign-off from Baltimore’s Board of Estimates this morning, national nonprofit real estate developer The Community Builders, Inc. is proceeding with a plan to build dozens of new townhouses and apartments on several blocks in Druid Heights and Upton.

City picks developer team to rehab nearly 40 vacant homes in historic Upton

Michael Braverman speaks at a press conference in Upton. Photo via office of Bernard C. “Jack” Young/Twitter.

In a step that city Housing Commissioner Michael Braverman said amounts to “paying back a debt we owe Heritage Crossing,” the city has chosen a developer to rehab 38 rowhomes along two blocks near the Upton housing community.

City plans to reopen Shake and Bake bowling alley in Upton this spring

Photo by Ethan McLeod

Shuttered since summer of 2017, the downstairs bowling alley at the Shake and Bake Family Fun Center in Upton is set to make a comeback this spring, according to the city’s Department of Recreation and Parks.

Event Pick: Make art, watch live music and support the push for Baltimore’s own Black Arts District


Pennsylvania Avenue, the thoroughfare running through central West Baltimore, was once home to countless jazz clubs, theaters and other hangouts offering a reprieve from Jim Crow and a hub for black culture in the city. That heyday faded rapidly early in the second half of last century.

Gov. Larry Hogan says ‘final offer’ made to settle State Center lawsuit, begins process of seeking new developer

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With litigation over a long-stalled development plan for State Center apparently close to wrapping up, Gov. Larry Hogan this morning announced his administration is kicking off the process of finding a new developer to tackle an overhaul of the aged Midtown government complex.

Owner of razed historic Upton building—and contractor who tore it down—face costly penalties over surprise demolition

Photo by Ethan McLeod

The city has ordered a New York-based property firm to pay a $463,772 in penalties after a contractor’s surprising unauthorized demolition of Upton’s historic former St. Vincent’s Orphan Asylum building.

‘The Bake is Back’: City officials celebrate Upton roller rink’s renovation and reopening

Photo by Ethan McLeod

For retired Baltimore Colts wide receiver Glen “Shake and Bake” Doughty, Friday morning was a triumphant moment. More than half a year after the city shut down his eponymous Upton rolling-skating rink and bowling alley due to its falling into a state of disrepair, he was there to celebrate its revival.

“Make no mistake, it’s time to shake and bake!” he shouted in the lobby.

In ‘unsanctioned demolition,’ crews tear down historic St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum in Upton

The debris left by the demolition of the former St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum building. Photo by Marti Pitrelli.

A pre-Civil War building in Upton that once housed an orphanage and was included in a National Register of Historic Places district was completely knocked down over the last week, despite the city’s attempts to halt demolition over the weekend.

Upton’s Shake and Bake Family Fun Center to Close for Repairs

Image via Google Street View

Shake and Bake Family Fun Center, the 35-year-old roller skating rink, bowling alley and arcade in West Baltimore’s Upton neighborhood, will be shutting down next week to undergo major repairs.