DPW cites broken valve for lack of water at Poe Homes, continues work on ‘complex situation’

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As crews work to restore water to the Poe Homes public housing complex in West Baltimore, the Department of Public Works released a statement today trying to explain the complex infrastructure failure.

Maryland to test out digital license plates on 22 state vehicles

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Maryland is testing out the license plates of the future, though they won’t be available to the general public just yet.

Baltimore City and County to review decades-old water billing arrangement

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The time has come for a review of Baltimore City and Baltimore County’s aging framework for water billing, officials say.

Construction on Camden MARC station should wrap up by early September, MTA says

The soon-to-be-replaced MARC station at Camden Yards. Photo by Ed Gunts.

Commuters and Orioles fans will have to wait a few more months before they see a fully redone Camden MARC station outside of Oriole Park.

Councilman Henry picks back up on push to ban plastic bags in Baltimore City

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Years after Stephanie Rawlings-Blake vetoed legislation banning stores from handing out plastics bags in Baltimore City, Councilman Bill Henry is giving it another go.

Manager at DOT was driving for rideshare service while on the clock, inspector general says

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For the third time in four months, a city Department of Transportation employee has been investigated for unethical behavior while on the job. The latest case involves a now-former manager who investigators say was pulling double duty as a driver for a rideshare service and falsifying hours on his timesheet.

Water bills won’t be going out for June due to ransomware attack


That headline sounds like a blessing—no more water bills!—but just remember it’s only temporary, and you will eventually be charged for running your faucet or flushing the toilet.

After surprise demolition, Woodberry residents want their community designated a local historic district

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After losing two historic stone houses in a surprise demolition last month, residents of Baltimore’s Woodberry community have asked the city to designate their neighborhood a local historic district so that remaining older structures would be better protected from “reckless” demolition.

City set to approve three-year, $25.9M extension for Charm City Circulator operator

Riders wait for a RMA America mini-bus on Pratt Street serving the Banner Route. Photo by Danielle Sweeney.

The Bethesda-based firm that took over the Charm City Circulator bus system after the city took its former operator to court last year is now up for a three-year contract worth nearly $26 million, set to be approved by officials tomorrow morning.

Black Baltimoreans are particularly hurt by soaring city water rates, report finds

Council President Brandon Scott speaks at a press conference announcing results from a new report on water affordability outside City Hall. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Research has shown Baltimore residents are struggling to afford a nine-year, 127 percent (and counting) increase in water bill rates, with one 2017 report by an economist predicting more than half the city would have unaffordable water bills by this year, if we’re going by a generally accepted standard for affordability.

But a new study, released today by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Legal Defense Fund, indicates it’s getting especially dire for black households in the city.