‘Road diet’ experiment proposed for Roland Avenue

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.

Council committee approves fees, fines, speed limits and other dockless scooter and bike rules

Photo by Ethan McLeod

With about a month left in the city’s extended pilot program for dockless transit, a committee of city lawmakers today approved broad rules and regulations for the thousands of rentable bikes and scooters that have been dropped around town by Bird, Lime, Spin and, soon, Jump.

Delegate says Pimlico lawsuit shows city is serious about keeping Preakness

Pimlico Race Course on Preakness day. Photo by World Red Eye.

With persisting uncertainty surrounding the future of Pimlico Race Course in Northwest Baltimore, the city and a handful of Park Heights residents and officials are taking Ontario-based track operator the Stronach Group to court, in hopes of taking over the track and the Preakness Stakes outright.

Study: Baltimore has seen one of the highest rates of gentrification in the U.S.

An interactive map of Baltimore’s gentrification. The light blue areas indicate Census tracts eligible to be gentrified. Dark blue shows areas that gentrified. Pink shows areas that gentrified and displaced blacks. Yellow shows areas that gentrified and displaced whites. Image via the National Community Reinvestment Coalition.

From 2000 to 2013, Baltimore experienced the fifth highest rate of gentrification in the United States, ranking behind bustling cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia, according to a new study by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), a nonprofit that tries to steer investment into underserved communities.

Baltimore joins those four cities and San Diego and Chicago in accounting for half the gentrification to occur nationwide in that time frame.

Off-duty state trooper accused of flashing gun in Beltway road rage incident

Maryland State Police badge via Facebook/MSP

A state trooper from Reisterstown faces felony charges after allegedly flashing a gun at a couple during what police have described as a road rage incident on Sunday night on the Baltimore Beltway.

City withdraws proposal to build 180-foot cell tower in Druid Hill Park

Design option 1 for the proposed tower: A Monopine-covered antenna in Druid Hill Park. Photo via letter from Advantage Environmental Consultants to CHAP.

Pressed by West Baltimore community groups who didn’t want to see a 180-foot-tall cell tower distract from the mostly natural landscape of Druid Hill Park, city officials have withdrawn their proposal that was set to go before Baltimore’s preservation board.

Brager-Gutman building and other Westside properties in search of a developer

Photo by Ed Gunts.

One of Baltimore’s former downtown department stores is back on the market, after a development team previously selected by the city opted not to move ahead with its project.

The eight-story Brager-Gutman building at 201-211 W. Lexington St., is part of a group of about two dozen West Side properties for which the Baltimore Development Corp. (BDC) this week issued a request for proposals.

Citing projected budget deficit, Howard County to shut down police helicopter

Photo via Howard County Police Department/Facebook

With an anticipated $108 million budget deficit for fiscal 2020, Howard County is doing what it can to trim spending, which, per an announcement today, will include cutting the police department’s aviation program at the end of April.

City to spend additional $51K on more ladders, safety rings around Inner Harbor

Photo by soomness, via Flickr

Weeks after a Federal Hill woman’s body was found in the Inner Harbor, and a little over a year after a Vermont man drowned in the water, officials today approved funding for additional safety protections to help prevent drownings.

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.