I moved to Baltimore in 2008, so what do I know? I walk North Charles Street and think it’s mostly pretty swell. Longtime Baltimore resident (and big-time publisher and columnist) Russ Smith sees it differently. He published a personal essay at his own Splice Today that states unequivocally that North Charles Street is a shadow of its former self.
Smith narrated a recent walk up Charles after a check-depositing excursion in which he noted a lack of a trashcans and a surfeit of Subway restaurants, 7-Elevens, and “filthy bodegas.”
For Smith, the blame belongs with our recent string of mayors, all of whom prefer “to lavish tax breaks to corporations that don’t need them instead of addressing the eyesore boarded-up storefronts on Charles St.”
What do you say? Has Charles street “go[ne] to seed?” Has its character “vanished?” Have we put too much emphasis on (and money into!) incentivizing development in the Inner Harbor?
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